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I Am Stronger!!

Friday, December 14, 2012

I am stronger than Double Stuff Oreos!
I am stronger than Berry Newtons!
I am stronger than Milano cookies!
I am stronger than Banana Pudding Ice Cream!
I am stronger than cheese filled crackers!
I am stronger than peanut butter filled crackers!
I am stronger than fudge filled crackers!
I am stronger than BBQ potato chips!
I am stronger than Pop Tarts!
I am stronger than Honey Nut Cheerios!
I am stronger than cherry pie!
I am stronger than peach pie!
I am stronger than cheeseburgers!
I am stronger than fries!
I am stronger than Nestle Bliss!
I am stronger than any food temptation!!!

Today I celebrate a middle 2! It was 129.6 as of this morning!!
(Wouldn't mind going down another pound or four, but for today, I'm celebrating.)

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/17/2012 7:24PM

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MEXGAL1 12/15/2012 9:05AM

    woo hoo!

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SWEDE_SU 12/15/2012 5:52AM

    woohoo! well done!!!

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_LINDA 12/15/2012 12:00AM

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You ARE strong! You rock! Keep up the great work!!

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PMFISH 12/14/2012 10:18PM

    emoticon I never doubted you! emoticon

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GABY1948 12/14/2012 8:44PM

    emoticon emoticon I told you that I was sure you would today! You ROCK and you inspire me! emoticon

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JOYINKY 12/14/2012 8:36PM

    emoticon Congratulations!

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MIRAGE727 12/14/2012 8:02PM

    YES!
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WATERMELLEN 12/14/2012 7:44PM

    Wow!! You ARE stronger! And: yay middle 2!!

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RUN4FOOD 12/14/2012 7:39PM

    You did it! Congratulations on your middle 2. A great achievement.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/14/2012 7:02PM

    emoticon You did it! Now, to keep that middle "2" there! And yes, you ARE stronger! emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 12/14/2012 3:55PM

    The post-it notes must have done the trick! Awesome!

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ROOSTER72 12/14/2012 3:45PM

    Congratulations. Persistence pays!

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BEACHBUM4LIFE 12/14/2012 1:01PM

    Way to go for being in your 120's!! Congratulations!!

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More Notes and More Running

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hey, I'm liking these Post It warning signs on hubby's junk food so much that I'm expanding this effort. I'm putting "Portion Control" reminders on the peanut butter, almonds, raisins, and Cheerios. Won't hurt!

Hubby wants car this morning, so I'm not going to the gym. He just might be going Chrismas shopping, so it may be in my best interest not to discourage him! Think I'll go run the trail not far from my house. Although I'd prefer a running buddy, I can do this by myself. The weather looks too nice to run the treadmill.

My back is feeling better, but I'm still going to take it a bit easy today. Hope to feel well and confident enough to run with my new group on Saturday. The scale was 130.4 this morn, so going the right direction. Just .5 til I see that middle two!!

Wishing you joy in activity and in facing temptations or challenges and winning!

Edit: I said the weather was too good, but as I made my way to the trail there were - boohoo - raindrops. I went home and ran our street, including the hill, for 55 minutes in the mist before it got so wet outside that I had to come in. Got my solid hour in with a good indoor cool down. Feels great!

  
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MNNICE 12/14/2012 1:24PM

    Never do anything to deter a hubby's shopping trip!! Hoping your run in the rain will reward you with that elusive "2"!

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KANOE10 12/14/2012 8:49AM

    Post it notes are a good idea. Any visual reminders help, I look at my you can crumble or you can conquer to keep myself on track.
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_LINDA 12/14/2012 1:05AM

    What live2run4life made sense -you never know what your scheduled runs or races will be like- getting experience in all kinds of weather will make you that much stronger and able to cope with less than ideal conditions. I actually don't mind being out in bad weather and rain in really nothing compared to extreme cold. I once was trail walking with Mom, and we got absolutely drenched in a downpour without the benefit of rain jackets, but finished our walk with no problems as it was warm enough we weren't chilled. Being outdoors trumps being stuck inside any time.
Hope you can enjoy the trail run tomorrow and that your back has no complaints from your run on the street..

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MIRAGE727 12/13/2012 10:11PM

    Good job on persevering the mist, Marsha!!
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 12/13/2012 9:25PM

    Stay out in that rain -- you never know what conditions will be like on a race day and it's a real advantage to have experience dealing with inclement weather (and learning how to dress appropriately to handle it). If you are willing race in it, train in it.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/13/2012 9:05PM

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WATERMELLEN 12/13/2012 8:56PM

    You are doing terrific: such determination and diligence!!

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OPTIMIST1948 12/13/2012 7:54PM

    Always better to run outside than on the treadmill.

Also, added some notes to your Minefield blog. Check it out (I know I dont always go back and look at past blogs for new comments)

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/13/2012 7:12PM

    Well, two good points: it was mist / rain, not snow! emoticon emoticon

AND... it was outside, not stuck on a treadmill! emoticon

You *did* it! Gentle with that back, and Spark on, my friend! emoticon

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GABY1948 12/13/2012 5:51PM

    So sorry you got rain! But your dedication was worth it. I am banking that tomorrow you will see that middle 2.

I hope you have a most wonderful day tomorrow and that hubby fins a Christmas present worthy of you!

Here's to a sunny day tomorrow for you so you can take that trail tomorrow! Be glad that you are not in MI because we have had snow!

HUGS,
Gaye

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ROOSTER72 12/13/2012 5:38PM

    So close to your goal - you are certainly doing all the right stuff.
Keeping fit is the best you can do for your back as well.

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NATPLUMMER 12/13/2012 11:49AM

    Hmmmm....I should try those post-its :-)
Glad your back is feeling good....fingers crossed it's happy to run on Saturday.
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JOYINKY 12/13/2012 11:43AM

    Hmmmm . . .possibly those post it's will be a silent influence on others!
I really admire your commitment! WTG!

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MIPALADY23 12/13/2012 11:19AM

    POST-IT's = BRILLIANCE!

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MEXGAL1 12/13/2012 10:17AM

    Love the post it note idea. I bet your pantry is interesting. Best not to get in the way of DH wanting the car......just in case he is going shopping!
Have a terrific day!

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RUN4FOOD 12/13/2012 9:51AM

    Have a fun run.
Hope it's a middle 2 this week.

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Posted: Keep Out

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Based on a SparkFriend's comment (thanks, Aquagirl) I took a pack of Post It notes in various colors. I wrote, "Calorie Minefield," "Watch Out!", "Alert: Junk," "Not Worth It," or a simple "Calories" and labeled most of the junk food found throughout our house. (Refer to 12/10/12 blog.)

My daughter giggled over all my notes. I'm not sure hubby would have noticed had it not been for the giggling. I mentioned the SparkFriend. Later I was sitting down with my laptop and he asked, "Are you writing me up again?" I just laughed.

If there was a touch of resentment toward all his junk food, I think it dissipated in that laugh!!

  
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_LINDA 12/14/2012 12:59AM

    Fantastic idea!! Glad your hubby has a sense of humor about it too! I am thinking he probably takes the CAKE in one time massive junk food purchases. That was quite the list :P Even at my worst, I would never have all that. I was more of a salty snacker and didn't have sweets at all.
Your attitude is going to carry you far!

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WATERMELLEN 12/13/2012 8:54PM

    How clever is that? And to achieve it with humour too . . . . nice!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/12/2012 8:17PM

    I love it! Way to go Marsha!

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FROSTY99 12/12/2012 1:21PM

    Great way to remind yourself that it isn't worth it!!!
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MEXGAL1 12/12/2012 9:55AM

    Marsha, I love it! What a fun thing to do and fun that you and DH had a good laugh. I think it's so funny that he asked if you were "writing him up". Just way too funny!
Have a great day!
Sallie

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EGALITAIRE 12/12/2012 9:16AM

    Nice

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KANDOLAKER 12/12/2012 7:52AM

    How funny - and what a great idea!!

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MSLZZY 12/12/2012 7:12AM

    Write him up-good one! Great idea with the sticky notes!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/12/2012 6:18AM

    Laughter is sometimes the BEST defense! We're all human, even our hubbies!

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GABY1948 12/12/2012 5:52AM

    That was a WONDERFUL idea! And, I wondered if you had any resent ment toward his junk food. Dh is not a junk food eater except ice cream which I am fine with but all the things you mentioned, I just don't know how I would have felt!

Your friend was wonderful to share that idea and you are wonderful to have found yet another way to win and inspire me! HUGS,
Gaye

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MEDDYPEDDY 12/12/2012 2:53AM

    Me too! LOVE the idea, a fun way to make yourself aware!

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PHEBESS 12/12/2012 2:08AM

    LOVE this idea!!!!

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May Take Some Weeks

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Well, I still don't have a middle two on the scale, but I do have another day of eating on program (within calorie range) in my streak. I do not have to eat the junk just because it is in my house. I appreciated all the commiseration, wisdom and support from my SparkFriends on my blog about all the junk food in my kitchen yesterday. I particularly liked JOHNMARTINMILES' concise statement: "Even the most dangerous minefield can be crossed with caution and knowledge of the location of the mines." I do know where those calorie mines are located all right!! And I intend to proceed with caution, especially when I'm tired or stressed or hungry.

This house-full-of-junk is just about as challenging as my half marathon was. I trained 5 months for the half. But I've been living with the consistent intention to eat healthy now for 4 years and 11 days, so with that much training, I am prepared!! Realistically it may take 3 or 4 weeks of eating right to get the scale back to where I want to be. I can do it!

Today I did an hour on the treadmill at the gym, going 4.4 miles. I ran some one minute and some two minute and a three minute interval. I only ran about 18 of the minutes. It was my first time running in a week and 7 days after I tweaked my back -- again. I enjoyed the workout a great deal, but I could tell my back in not 100%. I'm going to wait until all the soreness is gone to get back to strength training and then I think I may try to get a personal trainer. Although I feel certain that picking up Gwen (34 pound two year old) is the biggest strain on my back, I suspect my own attempts to strengthen my back with exercise have been off the mark. I don't need a PT to stand over me for motivation, but I may need one to help me select exercises and assure my form is correct.

It is 79 degrees here today and just beautiful with bits of blue peeking out from between the clouds. When Gwen wakes up from nap we'll be spending our afternoon outside. When I was working I did not appreciate this time of year. It was cool and you had to wear a jacket in the morning, gets dark early and you had to wear a jacket home often. But the middle of the day is the treat! Wishing you a glorious day as well!!

  
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_LINDA 12/14/2012 12:55AM

    I know you will do it! You have worked too hard and too long for the fitness you enjoy today toblow it on jumk!
A personal trainer or perhaps a physiotherapist instead? A physiotherapist can not only give you the correct exercises and make sure of your form -they can also TREAT your back too. I have said it before and will say it again -I owe a lot of where I am to physios -they have helped me stay moving and grooving.
Good luck with your minefield!

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JOYINKY 12/11/2012 8:59PM

    You've got everything headed in the right direction; especially your head. You can handle the rest! Enjoy the season!

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WATERMELLEN 12/11/2012 8:13PM

    I am filled with admiration for your ability to negotiate that minefield. Like Barb, I'm afraid I'd be filled with resentment . . .

Getting a personal trainer to help develop the optimum back program is a great idea: and you deserve it!

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RUN4FOOD 12/11/2012 8:11PM

    Glad you're resisting the junk.
Hiring a personal trainer sounds like a great idea to make sure you are doing the right things in the right way.
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WILLOWBROOK5 12/11/2012 7:48PM

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MEXGAL1 12/11/2012 7:12PM

    Having junk in the house adds junk to my trunk! I hope you can resist.
Have a great evening.
Sallie

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/11/2012 7:10PM

    While I might envy your 79, I'm content with the 40 plus here... it is, after all, December, and it's supposed to be cold. Over 40 is above average.

Let's see, sounds like the minefield negotiating is working well for you. The biggest mine in my personal minefield when my hubby would stock the house with junk was the resentment I allowed myself to indulge in over the fact they were there. I once even found myself muttering, "I'll show HIM, I'll get fat again!" At which point, I cracked myself up, it was so ridiculous.

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MSLZZY 12/11/2012 5:44PM

    Love the minefield quote. Get some expert advice for
back exercises and see if that doesn't help. HUGS!

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GABY1948 12/11/2012 5:37PM

    I loved the minefield quote...have to remember that one. I do bank my money on you, IF I was a betting woman, which I'm not but I believe you will make it through this that much! emoticon

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ROOSTER72 12/11/2012 3:24PM

    A physio therapist might be a good idea for your back too - often we use the wrong muscles when we lift because the right muscles are a bit weak. Someone who is trained in this area can make a huge difference. (I do physio lead pilates - which I swear by)

You are so motivating! Such a positive and energetic spirit.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/11/2012 3:20PM

    "Tiptoe through the minefields" reminds me of tulips with bombs tied to their roots. I wonder if hubby thinks that because he lost all of that weight, he can go back to his former eating habits. If so, all of us here already know the outcome of that kind of thinking. I wonder what he'd do it you put up some red Danger Minefield! signs. Don't worry, Marsha, you can beat this! Before long that 2 will be in just the right place!

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PMFISH 12/11/2012 2:57PM

    Marsha you do have the right attitude! My money is on you. Enjoying this great weather right along with you. Don't have any grandchildren to play with, the youngest is 20. No great grands in sight all of my grands are still single and not even thinking about marriage.

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NATPLUMMER 12/11/2012 2:02PM

    You will succeed in successfully navigating the minefield.
Yay for a run!! Maybe a PT to check your form and give you appropriate exercises would be the thing do to. It can't hurt.

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MIRAGE727 12/11/2012 1:48PM

    Tiptoe through those calorie minefields, Marsha! Focus on the payload you want to carry on your runs! That's what I do and it works! Stay strong!
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Minefield of a Kitchen - Sheeesh!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Yesterday my hubby went to the grocery store. He has been our usual grocery shopper for about the last three years. After I switched to a healthier lifestyle, he was not happy with my shopping. So he goes in order to get the things he wants, but has done a pretty good job of getting me the things I need to eat healthy.

Yesterday, though, he got carried away. He bought two packages of double stuff Oreos, two packages of Berry Newton cookies, two packages of Eskimo pies, a half gallon of Blue Bonnet Banana Pudding ice cream and triple berry ice cream as well as sugar free vanilla which I did not want nor ask for, 6 or maybe it is 8 packages of Hershey's Bliss dark chocolate, a cherry pie, a peach pie, Milano cookies, peanut butter cracker package, two kinds of cheese filled crackers, one "fudge" filled crackers, two boxes of Cheez-It crackers, honey nut Cheerios as well as regular. We already had Milano cookies and Pop Tarts (that I despise) in our house. And I know there is other junk food here, too. He even bought already made mashed potatoes instead of our usual fresh potatoes. He got bacon and sausage. Sheeesh!! He always has some junk, but this is ridiculous. I am trying to teach the kids to eat healthy, but this is a challenge for them and me, too!

On the positive side, he bought red raspberries, blackberries, a fresh pineapple, a crate of clementine tangerines, navel oranges, bananas, golden delicious apples, sugar free applesauce, and canned peaches and pears in extra light syrup ( I'd rather have juice pack, but okay.) He got lean meats and fish. I have fat free milk on hand. He bought fresh broccoli, green peppers, green beans, lettuce, and carrots. We have tomatoes and lots of canned and frozen healthy veggies.

Yesterday I baked the cherry pie and half of it was eaten by hubby, daughter, and son in law. The kids chose to have Oreos - two for Natalie and one for Gwen. I stayed away from everything in the second paragraph above except one 40 calorie Hershey's Bliss. This is a victory. I now have 3 good days in a row of sticking to my food plan. Yesterday hubby had me fix cheeseburgers on onion rolls and french fries for him, daughter, and son in law. I had a boca burger on a 100% whole wheat sandwich thin. No fries.

Despite the minefield of my kitchen, I intend to see that middle two on the scale again soon!! (131.0 this morn)

  
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OPTIMIST1948 12/13/2012 7:58PM

    I've been doing the Jennie-O Turkey Burgers in regular rotation without a complaint (cheers actually!). Also, you can make roasted sweet potato fries that may pass muster with the fam which are healthier than regular. You can either buy them frozen or just cut up a sweet potato or two into the correct shape and roast. Make take a few tries to make successful converts, but this was totally my entry into the world of sweet potatoes.

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SWEDE_SU 12/12/2012 7:50AM

    that was incredible willpower - i wonder what the total calorie count for that much junk food could be! you did terrific!

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DONNABRIGHT 12/12/2012 7:04AM

    I gather he got carried away with the buy one get one deal!
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ME_B4_INSANITY 12/11/2012 1:09PM

    I totally understand how hard it can be. But you can always make sure that if he can't bring home more good stuff and a few snacks you are more than happy to go back to the store. Not to meantion him making him healthier decisions makes it possible for you BOTH to spend a long life together. Or else tell him next time he goes to the store to bring you home your next husband too as nobody wants to spend the last 15 years of their life alone because their partner didn't take care of themselves.

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/11/2012 10:32AM

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HAKAPES 12/11/2012 4:57AM

    I couldn't survive among so many junk food ... got tired even to read trough the list...

I like to talk to people around me how healthy life is important to me, and ask for their support. I don't try to convince them, but ask them to support me. Many of them became a convert over time, that's my luck! :-)

Courage for the holiday season!

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MSLZZY 12/10/2012 11:17PM

    He must be DH's twin. He does the same thing. You
would think there is no food in the house fit to eat
unless it is what he wants. Oh, well!

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/10/2012 8:01PM

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WATERMELLEN 12/10/2012 7:46PM

    Wow! Gotta say, I'd find that really really tough -- especially being required to prepare the fatty stuff for other people to eat!

But truthfully, of everything on the list, it's the fresh red raspberries that I love the most!



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ONEKIDSMOM 12/10/2012 7:42PM

    That's determination! Wonder if you're feeding DH enough, sounds like he went shopping hungry!

I know how determined you are not to lose the health you have worked so hard to achieve... and to take good care of that tender back! Extra weight going back on sure won't help it, any.

I know you can do this, and as long as you view those healthy foods as reward, not deprivation, you've got it cold! emoticon

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GABY1948 12/10/2012 7:35PM

    You are such an inspiration! My dh doesn't care for any junk food...I am so blessed by that...the only thing he really likes is ice cream and I have sworn off sugar totally and am on day 103 today so no way I'm going there.

I feel so bad for you having to live with all that...you have done so well, that I actually expect this to just make you BETTER!


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FROSTY99 12/10/2012 7:14PM

    emoticon I know how hard it can be to not eat the tempting things when it is there but these past 3 months has taught me I can skip it-the compliments about the weight loss are a lot better any day in the week than that food would be!!

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PMFISH 12/10/2012 6:47PM

    Way to go lady! You husband must have been starved when he went to the grocery! Keep up the good work, it has to be making an impression on the others involved. Proud of you!!

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HDHAWK 12/10/2012 6:34PM

    My husband does most of our shopping and will buy me the things I ask for. He buys a lot of junk for himself which I sometimes end up eating because it's in the house. I wish it wasn't here, but he doesn't exercise and doesn't gain weight so I just have to try and avoid it. Some days it isn't easy.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/10/2012 3:58PM

    Since I started Weight Watchers, I've made an agreement with myself that before I put junk food into my mouth, I have to know how many points it has. This process has almost stopped my consumption of junk. Amazing! You are doing an awesome job Marsha. Keep up the good work!
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RUN4FOOD 12/10/2012 3:44PM

    Your husband even put me to shame. I couldn't buy all that junk at one time. Maybe over the period of a month or two.
You do know the rule that states; the more junk food you see and don't eat the more weight you loose.
Best of luck staying away from all this stuff and reaching your middle 2.


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ROOSTER72 12/10/2012 3:12PM

    You are amazingly strong - dealing with temptation on that scale!
Good for you.

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_LINDA 12/10/2012 2:38PM

    WOW! My eyes are bugging out! I can't believe he bought all that junk! you'd think he was feeding a kid's summer camp or something!
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JOYINKY 12/10/2012 2:07PM

    You do amazingly well. I would have trouble with all that in the house. It would talk to me louder than the healthy food that has become my mainstay. Be strong!

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ANDY_54 12/10/2012 1:29PM

    Hey, you did really well! My downfall is about three quarters of all you listed, lol. My hubs usually confines himslef to bringing ice cream into the house--which I can easliy avoid--not so much the other stuff, lol.

Great job! Keep it up!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 12/10/2012 1:07PM

    I don't know how you can resist all that junk in your house. I struggle mightily with that. I do the grocery shopping however, so I don't bring much of it home. I do buy potato chips occasionally for granddaughter and Cheez-its for Grandson. The potato chips are quite a temptation. I also bought some candy to add to the candy drawer for the grandkids. It started out just being the leftover Halloween candy, but then they grew to expect there to be something good in the candy drawer, and I hate to let them down. Now if it was my OWN kids and I was responsible for instilling healthy eating habits in them, I might not have a candy drawer, but I get to spoil the grandkids. Now if I can just stay away from those chips and that candy drawer.

It's easy to splurge at Christmas-time. I used to buy a variety of mixed nuts at this time of year, then we would crack them open and enjoy the variety of yummy goodness. I also did a lot of Christmas baking, not only sweets but lots of cheese balls, crackers, sausages, ham rolls, cheese puffs, etc. I do NO baking now. I bought stuff to make ONE batch of Chex mix, the day before Christmas. I used to make batch after batch of that stuff starting in the Fall and we would literally inhale it. But if it's not around I won't be tempted. At least--that's the plan! Good luck with your plan!!!

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CATHGREEN8 12/10/2012 12:43PM

    Whoo..that would put me over the edge. I wonder if they make eyeball scanning food safes?

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MCSWIGAN 12/10/2012 12:13PM

    Great job of staying out of temptation. The more I eat healthy, the less I want junk and bad foods. It gets easier all the time to stay out of families treats! emoticon

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JOHNMARTINMILES 12/10/2012 12:07PM

    Even gthe most dangerous minefield can be crossed with caution and knowledge of the location of the mines.

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