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If I Could Reach Through My Computer, I'd Give You a Hug

Friday, June 19, 2009

Honestly, you guys have been gems in helping to get my engine restarted. I'd stalled out big time, but am slowly but surely gaining my groove back. I'm touched to read advice that reminds me to do the right thing. One sparkfriend asked if I've been exercising enough? Nope. And I know that exercise has always been terrific therapy for me. So I went out for a great sunshine walk. Thanks for the reminder. Another friend has repeated concern over my stress level. Oh yeah, I remember that I'm supposed to deal with that, not get used to it. Thanks for the reminder. Someone else checks in to mention a tip about night eating - put a phat photo up on the fridge. No problem - that was me 30 lbs ago, so I ran that off and put it up. The result - no night eating last night. (smiling) Thanks for the reminder. And one person invited me to let her help me through this, and I was touched. There were many others of a general nature advising to keep on keeping on, and every single one was a boost. Thanks a mil, sparkspals. I am coming out of the abyss.

  
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S_HANSEN 6/19/2009 4:04PM

    emoticonI am so glad you are coming out of it... I am so happy for you! Sometimes it is just asking for support that makes all the difference in the world...have a beautiful weekend... emoticonSondra

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BINEMELLES 6/19/2009 12:05PM

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oh, and that pic on the fridge door was one of the first things i did after starting SP. i don't know where i read it, but i guess it was one of the motivational articles. i chose two, one at my worst weight, one at an awesome weight when i was 24. it worked wonders.

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SKYEFYR 6/19/2009 10:58AM

  That is fantastic to hear! Whoo-hoo and GO YOU!!!

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Hanging in there

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Been a lot of bumps in the road lately, and the best I can do is hang in there sometimes. However, eating healthy is a big help in dealing with daily stresses. Even though the urge for comfort food might raise its head, it's not worth the sugar hangover. Luckily, I don't have cravings anymore. It's mostly the night eating that I'm still battling. Hope everyone has a good day.

  
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S_HANSEN 6/18/2009 4:55PM

    You are doing great! Keep up the positive attitude about food and you never again will wake up with a sugar hangover. Good to see you are still here... Do you remember that poster from the 70's with the the cat hanging from a bar that said Hang in there baby? With your kitties in the back ground and your subject matter lately I think of that poster... so I will say the same to you... Hang in there Baby... emoticonSondra

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BEFIT014 6/18/2009 3:45PM

    Hang tough, my friend!!

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RICH530 6/18/2009 3:37PM

    Your doing a great job!! You managed to get this far, you can go the distance!! Keep up the great work!!
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SHERYLDI1 6/18/2009 3:13PM

    Can I ask how much are you working out? Seriously, working out helps reduce stress levels. I used to be on hormones and antidepressants. Right now I only take a cholesterol pill and I don't know for certain if I'll ever be able to quit taking that but it's a goal. With exercise my mood is good and I'm so much more relaxed. Even last week when I got yelled at by my boss (for no logical reason) I remained calm. I also use techniques like putting my worries into a balloon and releasing the string. I wish you well and hope that you stick to your guns. You CAN do this.

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BINEMELLES 6/18/2009 1:02PM

    you are hlding up great, jesse. i'm concerned to hear that you're still so very stressed - i hope things will ease up a little soon and you'll get a chance to take a deep breath (or a few)!

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BABYFACE26 6/18/2009 12:28PM

    Me, too. with the eating at nite. still a problem, but better. Please, continue to hang in there! Hang a great big picture of a fat girl on your fridge, or else, a big Stop sign!....remove all the trigger foods from your kitchen!
....let me help u figure this out, OK? I'm here for you. I want u to succeed, and I know that you can.

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SURENDERISNOTME 6/18/2009 12:08PM

    Jesse, you are doing good. Keep up the good work. Sometimes there are stumbling blocks in our path. We just have to find our way around them.

Debbie

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Sparkfriends Can Make All the Difference

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Thanks to all who lent so much encouragement and support yesterday. It's amazing how much sparkfriends can add to the success of this weight loss adventure. It really helped buoy me up and inspire me forward. Here's to all of us and our progress.

  
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CHEFROSE 6/21/2009 12:58PM

    I agree that Sparkfriends make the difference! Thanks for being on my team! emoticon

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HARLYCHIC14 6/17/2009 10:43PM

    I'm glad that you decided to stay. I hope things were better for you today. Hang in there. Sending positive thoughts your way.

Brandi

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S_HANSEN 6/17/2009 4:37PM

    You are so welcome... anytime we can lend a hand to someone who has fallen we will do it! I hope your day is going better, I noticed you needed a hug before, are you doing better? I hope so.. hang in there... emoticonSondra

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BINEMELLES 6/17/2009 3:56PM

    honesty, this was totally selfish of me. because i'd sure miss you if you quit.
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DIANESNEWLIFE 6/17/2009 1:38PM

  Anytime, Jesse. Anytime. And to think you actually considered leaving us. emoticon It's during these hard times in your life that you find out who your friends really are. You keep fighting the good fight; and your Spark Friends will have your back.
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Dee

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LIFES*2*SHORT 6/17/2009 1:20PM

  There is nothing you can't do! Carry on my friend....

Naomi

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Dangerous Waters - Thinking of Quitting SP

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I can tell that I'm swimming in dangerous waters. Current stress levels having risen to tidal wave proportions, I'm just tired of logging in and keeping track of eating/exercise details. So, last night I considered just quitting. Yes, I talked myself out of it, but whew, where did that thought come from? Yikes! Scary how easily all this hard work can be thrown out the window.

  
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BEFIT014 6/17/2009 12:32PM

    Hang in there, girl! You can do this!

I'm so glad you didn't quit!'When you have doubts post/Blog about it. We're all here to help!

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S_HANSEN 6/16/2009 10:49PM

    First off I think you made a wise decision to not quit... that is half the battle...you deserve to have support and you deserve to have your dreams come true...Hang in there and if there is anything I can do to help you, please do not hesitate to ask... I am thinking of you and wishing you peace and success... emoticonSondra

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BINEMELLES 6/16/2009 9:58PM

    i'm so very glad you decided not to quit! but i'm still worried about your stress levels. you've been on SP for half a year now ... maybe it would be okay to just track every other day (but continue to eat and exercise sensibly on the days in between)? or give yourself a day or two a week without having to track? by now your intuition for your healthy lifestyle has become so good, i am sure you would not mess up on a "day off" - off tracking, not off your healthy lifestyle, of course!
i don't want you to break down and really quit the next time you're stressed. hang in there - i'll do what i can to keep you going and motivated!

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GRAYGRANNY 6/16/2009 3:37PM

    Just hang in there best you can........I have played with the same idea many times.......you are TOTALLY worth it.....so hang in there.....perhaps you are trying TOO hard.......hey, just lighten up a bit.........look at everyone that is pulling for you

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RICH530 6/16/2009 3:01PM

    Great decision on your part!!! We all have days that are really tough and we don't want to go on with all the hard work! It is how we deal with those days that count!! You made a good decision and you will reach your goal!!
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LILLYTAME 6/16/2009 2:52PM

    Maybe it's just time for a SP break? I've met some people around here who have just taken a break for months or even a year and come back later with outstanding results.

Or maybe just a break from the tracking? You could still utilize the other tools around here like the recipes, articles, blogging and other members!

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/16/2009 2:01PM

    Hang in there, Jesse. We all get dangerous thoughts at times. I use my blog and journal to vent.

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/16/2009 2:01PM

    Hang in there, Jesse. We all get dangerous thoughts at times. I use my blog and journal to vent.

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DIANESNEWLIFE 6/16/2009 1:55PM

  I, too, am glad you decided not to quit. Yes, it takes some time and effort, but it's so worth it! You have so many friends here who want to support you, and help you. If your stress is so bad, this is where you should be, whether it's just as a distraction from life, or somewhere you can talk about what's overwhelming you.

Welcome Back, and keep the Spark!

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Dee

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LIFES*2*SHORT 6/16/2009 1:37PM

  I hope that you find your happy place. Hang in there.

Naomi

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KIPRUSS3 6/16/2009 1:20PM

    Glad you stayed. But some point, you'll have to "move on" and take what you've learned from SP into the "real world".

I am WAY too scared to do that! ;-)

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HARLYCHIC14 6/16/2009 12:18PM

    I'm glad that you didn't give up. This is a lifestyle change, not a diet. There will be good days and bad days. It's a big commitment to make that change. Stick with it. We are here to support you. You can do it!

Brandi

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SKYEFYR 6/16/2009 11:46AM

  We all go through days like that. I'm in the middle of one right now myself. I'm running on autopilot and just putting one foot in front of the other right now because all I want to do is run screaming to the local fat food restaurant and do a total binge. I know how you feel. Remember, we're all in this together and we're all rooting for each other. You can do it! And congrats on talking yourself out of it. Being able to do that when needed is a huge part of the battle!

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SMILINGEYES2 6/16/2009 11:26AM

    So glad that you have not given up on yourself. There are times when life seems overwhelming. Taking care of yourself is worth it.

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What I Learn from Newbies

Monday, June 15, 2009

Each day on SP website, I try to welcome a few newbies. In doing so, I read their entries and not only learn so much about them, but also about myself. It gives me perspective to see that they are feeling how I felt when I started this healthier lifestyle change 8 months ago. I also know that I share some of the same thoughts today as I did then. Some of the same doubts and discouragements. I learn from others' failures, as well as my own, as much as I learn from those who've lost a lot of weight. It is a reminder that we are all in this boat together. This life of ours - full of twists and turns, joys and sorrows, success and failure.

  
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KM1208 6/18/2009 8:32AM

  Being a newbie I appreciate the support and feel better knowing people who have had such success felt the way I do now and persevered through!

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RICH530 6/15/2009 2:45PM

    Very true!!! We are all in the same boat and all on the same journey!! I have found I learn so much about myself from reading about others, too!! Good luck to you!!
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S_HANSEN 6/15/2009 9:06AM

    So true, so true... we are all in the same boat, rowing together on this journey we call life... how nice that you are welcoming the newbies and learning about yourself in the process... I hope you have a wonderful week... keep up with your hard work and you will accomplish anything you set your sights on... emoticonSondra

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