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NOVEMBER SAW THE END OF FOREVER PLATEAU

Thursday, November 29, 2012

No matter what I did over the past few years, I just couldn't lose any more than the 30 that came off before arriving at SP. Of course, I have to add here that I was a lifelong brat in the sense of never have had a weight problem prior to about 6 years ago when lots of factors converged.

Okay, so I set a plan a for November, b for December and c for January. I plan to be at my goal weight by my birthday in February.

What I did in November was to restrict my carbs. I'd been going haywire with carbs, not counting fruit, veggies and other "healthy" carbs. About midway into this month, I read a SP friend's blog that she was doing similar after reading the book Metabolism Miracle. It outlines almost exactly what I'd been doing. It's a really helpful reference book for me.

NOW I'M SHOUTING WOOOOOHOOOOO - I've lost 9 lbs in November. Will be doing something different in December, but still low carbs. I also want to get rid of coffee once and for all, even though I only drink a small mugful in the morning.

I have 7 lbs to my goal weight, but have already decided that I may very well set it down again when I reach that. It's the weight I feel good at, not the weight that the charts say I should weigh. We'll see. It really depends what my body looks and feels like at that weight.

I'd like to let go of 4 in December, 4 in January, plus rid of caffeine forever.

  
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ALEXSGIRL1 12/1/2012 8:02PM

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LIVINGFREE19 11/30/2012 5:19PM

    You are definitely capable of doing this! You have set very realistic goals!
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NORWOODGIRL 11/30/2012 3:04PM

    Way to go! I am so proud of you. You should be so proud of yourself! Your goals are achievable.
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CATLADY52 11/30/2012 2:42PM

    Good luck on your quest! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/30/2012 10:06AM

    I KNOW you are going to be able to do this!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/30/2012 9:17AM

    Congratulations!! You are doing amazing. Carbs are the problem and they are the solution. Good luck getting rid of the coffee. I quit years ago and still enjoy the best part of it - the smell- but don't miss the rest.

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RYDERB 11/30/2012 8:12AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Good luck with your December plan.
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NANCY- 11/30/2012 7:13AM

    Woo Hoo! Congrats on getting that scale moving.
Here's to a successful December and January,
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CATHYGETSFIT 11/30/2012 3:18AM

    Sounds like a good plan to me! I've been trying to restrict my carbs too except for the fruits and veggies. I'm hoping that now that I'm able to exercise a little more that it will help me to lose more weight.

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DJ4HEALTH 11/29/2012 10:32PM

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IDLETYME 11/29/2012 9:17PM

    You're doing great and you have figured out a plan that works for you. A lot of people see a plan that worked for someone else and don't understand that we are all different. Congratulations and I KNOW you will make it happen!!! emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 11/29/2012 9:09PM

    Sounds like a good plan.

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Thrilled, Yet Sad w/Death of Team Member

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I was going to blog about losing 9 lbs in November and how excited I am, but I'll postpone that as I've just read about the loss of a sparkfriend on the Aspire and Inspire Team who was beaten to death. Sad beyond words. RIP, Aithley.

  
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IAM_HIS2 12/3/2012 8:37AM

    So very sad she is gone, but very happy that I know where she now is.

Aithley, thank you for all the joy and love you gave so freely. You will be missed greatly and never forgotten. Rest in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father.

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DBELLE39 11/29/2012 8:46PM

    I was stunned by the news, at first I wondered if it was a rude joke as I was reading the blog. I am still at a loss over a dear spark friend. But you know, I know for sure Aithley would be congratulating you on your 9# loss, she would tell you emoticon .

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/29/2012 7:55PM

    emoticon emoticon I understand what you mean. I'm still in shock and upset over the loss of a fellow Spark Friend. She will definitely be missed by those who knew her.

You still deserve a big emoticon for losing 9 pounds though! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 11/29/2012 6:58PM

    I am so sorry about your Spark Friend. I have lost some in the past. I still miss them. We all may be virtual friends, but we are friends nonetheless. It does not make the pain any easier. emoticon

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JLITT62 11/29/2012 5:08AM

    That's horrible about your friend.

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BARBIE176 11/28/2012 10:57PM

    I am truly in shock and disbelief learning about Aithley's untime and horrible death. It does not matter that we were only cyber friends, I really felt like I knew her and we were good friends. I am praying for her family and friends as they mourn the loss.

You still deserve congrats on your 9 pound loss in November. That is awesome!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/28/2012 7:40PM

    That was tragic news. I was just getting to know her. My heart goes out to her family.
You still deserve a Way to Go on the 9 pounds!

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/28/2012 7:30PM

    so sorry for the loss of your friend way to youmg and such horror. so sorry

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CATLADY52 11/28/2012 7:18PM

    That is horrible. Sorry for your loss. emoticon

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THROOPER62 11/28/2012 7:10PM

    emoticon for your loss emoticon how awful

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NORWOODGIRL 11/28/2012 6:01PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. emoticon

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PONYFARMER 11/28/2012 5:41PM

    There are not even words to express how awful this is and how senseless to have happened. Definately will be praying for all of you and also for Aithley's family.

You do deserve a big congrats on your loss for Nov. But you are correct to wait until the time is right. Stay strong.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/28/2012 5:23PM

    What awful people to do that!
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PUDLECRAZY 11/28/2012 5:16PM

    Oh no! How extremely tragic and terrible! You must be feeling so shocked and saddened. I cannot imagine how your Spark friend's family must be feeling. Sending love and prayers to all.

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MOM2ACAT 11/28/2012 5:05PM

    I'm so sorry; it's so hard to lose a friend, whether they are online or offline.
I lost a Spark friend to cancer a few years ago.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 11/28/2012 4:55PM

  Who passed on over? And how?

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/28/2012 2:13PM

    I am so sorry to hear this. My prayers go up for her, her family and all the Sparkfriends she touched.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/28/2012 1:23PM

    Hugs....that's awful.

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WALLAHALLA 11/28/2012 1:00PM

    how awful
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CELIAMINER 11/28/2012 12:17PM

    How awful! Condolences to you and all SP who loved her.

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PRESBESS 11/28/2012 12:13PM

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2BDYNAMIC 11/28/2012 10:10AM

    emoticon I am deeply saddened and yet horrified too! .........

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LIVINGFREE19 11/28/2012 9:56AM

    How terribly sad!
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CATMAGNET 11/28/2012 9:48AM

    How incredibly sad! My sincerest condolences. :(

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NANCY- 11/28/2012 9:13AM

    Sparkfriends stay with us in our heart and mind because they have been a part of our life. Your weight loss is a tribute to you and all that have touched your life.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/28/2012 9:06AM

    How truly horrible. I am so sorry to hear this.

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MCSWIGAN 11/28/2012 8:52AM

    I am sorry for your loss. What a horrible tragedy.

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IAM_HIS2 11/28/2012 8:46AM

    Oh how tragic. What a loss! I am praying for the family & you. emoticon emoticon

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1935MARY 11/28/2012 8:43AM

    Sorry for your loss. May God be with you and their family.

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CARAFAE37 11/28/2012 8:41AM

    That is so sad! I'm sorry for your loss... emoticon

But also happy for your weight loss! 9 pounds during November? That's amazing!

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CHEETARA79 11/28/2012 8:39AM

    I'm sorry for your loss. Congratulations on your weight loss anyways!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 11/28/2012 8:39AM

    Not something you expect here...My condolences

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No Scale Damage from Thxgiving!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I couldn't believe my eyes this morning...

No weight gain from my daliance on Thanksgiving! A minor miracle!

Wishing all a happy day.

  
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SHARJOPAUL 11/27/2012 8:27AM

    WOO HOO!
Isn't it amazing what a little effort can do.

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/27/2012 1:47AM

    emoticon That is something to really be happy about! Keep up the great work!! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 11/26/2012 3:03PM

    Awesome job!

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WALLAHALLA 11/25/2012 11:32PM

    emoticon that is something to be thankful for

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BARBIE176 11/25/2012 11:03PM

    That is emoticon I am hoping for the same miracle for me tomorrow! emoticon emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/25/2012 9:19PM

    Great job! You're body is getting the message, woo hoo!

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DEBBY4576 11/25/2012 6:02PM

    I experienced that miracle too! Wasn't it great?

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CATLADY52 11/25/2012 5:45PM

    emoticon Glad it wasn't a close encounter of the diet kind. emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/25/2012 5:12PM

    well done i exercised a lot this weekend and gained 3 pounds hope it is waterweight emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NORWOODGIRL 11/25/2012 4:06PM

    Well done!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/25/2012 1:42PM

    'way to go girl!!!

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NATPLUMMER 11/25/2012 12:34PM

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NANCY- 11/25/2012 11:58AM

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That is wonderful, The exercise helped to maintain balance.
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BOOKWORM27S 11/25/2012 10:51AM

    So happy for you, congrats! Wish I could say the same....

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TORTISE110 11/25/2012 9:24AM

    Happy for you!

I actually lost a pound and was not THAT good. Go figure. Back to routine..

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Changing This Blog (Thanks NANCY!)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I was going to write a blog today about, yes again, the pumpkin pie I overate. I expected myself to know better after 4 years of a healthier lifestyle. I failed to understand how I didn't really want it or enjoy it, but felt compelled to show myself I could have it. And have it again. (smiling)

I do the same thing when I give up coffee. I don't really want it or need it, but there's something deeper that makes me return after I've detoxed for several months.

Then, sparkfriend NANCY's response came into my blog this morning and made me smile. Congrats on being human. Yes, I am. And congrats on the exercise.

Thanks, NANCY. This blog's for you.

  
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WALLAHALLA 11/25/2012 11:37PM

    embrace the humanity...its what makes you so lovable

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DBELLE39 11/25/2012 7:50PM

    We are are only human & will slip from time to time. The key is to picking ourselves up & moving past the obstacle that we are tripping over. One step at a time. emoticon

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NANCY- 11/25/2012 11:56AM

    Thanks But I know I wasn't on a treadmill watching the parade. :)

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COMPUCATHY 11/24/2012 8:54PM

    It all comes back to that "all things in moderation" theory. Hope you are having a good holiday weekend! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/24/2012 8:16PM

    It is odd that when you give up something the memory is often actually better than the actually product should you choose to retry it. I am getting into the two bite rule. The first bite is the best and it is downhill from there so there is no need to have more than a couple of bites.

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PHEBESS 11/24/2012 7:41PM

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IDLETYME 11/24/2012 7:41PM

    We're proud of you and know you'll get started again and I'll bet this time you can do it!!! emoticon emoticon

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DEBBY4576 11/24/2012 7:34PM

    Sometimes our bosses at work expect no errors EVER. Maybe if we were machines it would work like that. The same goes for our errors in eating. We are not robots programmed to only intake what is good for us, and only certain things. As your friend Nancy said, we are human!! And thank God for that.

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BATCHICK 11/24/2012 6:27PM

    yep, it's important not to focus on the negatives. we all make mistakes, obsessing over them (ironically) just makes up repeat them.

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/24/2012 5:10PM

    Yep, we are all human and do the best we can. It's good to remember that none of us are perfect! emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/24/2012 4:12PM

    I like being human no perfection here

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SPARKFRAN514 11/24/2012 3:38PM

    we all need to be reminded that we are human and slip along the way

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NORWOODGIRL 11/24/2012 2:27PM

    Good blog emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/24/2012 1:42PM

    Yes you're human, and you're still a pretty delightful human no matter how much or how little pie and coffee:)

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LIVINGFREE19 11/24/2012 12:23PM

    Everybody falls off the wagon, just get back on and resume!

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SAINTBETH 11/24/2012 10:46AM

    We are all human and we can all relate to what you did. We do it, too. I did it for 4 days! But I'm back on track now.

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KANOE10 11/24/2012 10:30AM

    This made me smile also. We are human and are doing the best we can to stay healthy! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 11/24/2012 10:16AM

    emoticon Yes, human you are....that's why we love you.

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Pumpkin Pie Report Card

Friday, November 23, 2012

Okay, let's start with the positives and work our way down.

I started with day with a one pound loss and was thrilled. I DID do a lot of exercise. Pedalled on the exercise bike during the Macy's parade and then a longgggg walk later in the day. Did
great with portion control at main meal.

Cut the pie into small pieces and froze it, taking one small piece out for myself. Made it through the day and then toward evening...

This is always the attitude that sinks me. "Oh, I did so well and am in control of this. So, I'll have a bit more." When it comes to certain things, that just doesn't work. Sure, I could exert that pesky thing called willpower, but I didn't.

On the positive side, I didn't eat the entire pie. And it was a small one overall.

At this point, I will leave it to your imagination as to how much I ate. Let's just say I should be oink oinking today. But this is a once-a-year thing and have no temptations during Xmas season.

I give myself an A for good intentions. An F for outcome.

Have a happy day.

  
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NANCY- 11/24/2012 9:44AM

    Congrats on being human... but I bet that doing the bike during the parade and walk are newer traditions that you can be proud of. So you get an A+ for fitness.
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RAINBOWFALLS 11/24/2012 6:33AM

    Great job with the workouts!

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BARBIE176 11/23/2012 10:08PM

    emoticon funny blog. You sound so much like me. I will do so good and then bam I derail. Anyway, congratulations on what you did accomplish. I think you should get an A overall because you did get in some activity and you did manage portion control for the most part. Plus you did not eat the WHOLE pie. I hope you are back on track totally now! Have an awesome day. emoticon emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/23/2012 9:31PM

    i am sure we all made mistakes this thanksgiving

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BLUE42DOWN 11/23/2012 4:24PM

    "Oh, I did so well and am in control of this. So, I'll have a bit more."

Hehe, isn't that always the kind of twisted logic that gets us - that because we're doing good, it's time to do something not so good that leads us down a slope to not doing well.

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DEBBY4576 11/23/2012 4:07PM

    How enjoyable your blog was. So true to life. I did good yesterday, but there are sooo many days that one bite of something sets me off. It is what it is. We move on with our healthy eating lifestyles. The only other choice is not to. And we know how that worked for us.

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LIVINGFREE19 11/23/2012 3:16PM

    Great job on the exercising!
We all fall off the wagon, just get back on!!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/23/2012 1:13PM

    Sounds like it was a good pie. LOL. You are back on track and that is what matters.

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_LINDA 11/23/2012 12:56PM

    Good for you!! Losing 1 lb on Thanksgiving is huge! Well done!! Pumpkin pie happens to be the lowest calorie treat of all pies, so not the worst indulgence. I assume the serving(s) were not buried under ice cream or a whipped topping, another big plus. I can't say I was so disciplined on my Thanksgiving :P
Keep up the great work!!

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NORWOODGIRL 11/23/2012 12:42PM

    How are you doing today? In the overall scheme of things, 1 day and 1 overindulgence (even a big one!) won't be a disaster unless you use it as an excuse to overeat again. Stay on track now and you'll do great emoticon emoticon

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BOOKWORM27S 11/23/2012 11:53AM

    I understand that mindset. And if I hadn't been nearly 6 lbs. above my maintenance weight.... I'm sure I would have indulged. But the fear, guilt, and shame of my weight gain kept me in check.

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NATPLUMMER 11/23/2012 11:13AM

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SUNSHINE99999 11/23/2012 9:58AM

  I ate two pieces myself. Not beating myself up though as pumpkin is one of my favorites. So, I'm getting lots of exercise today to help get back on track. Blessings!

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ELRIDDICK 11/23/2012 9:58AM

  Thanks for sharing

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