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Now It Looks Like I May Not Have to Lose These Last 20 Lbs.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

In the September 7 issue of Women's World, I read that a Tokyo University study indicated that middle age women who are 20 lbs. overweight are more likely to live longer than women who are thinner. Did I need to read that and use it to rationalize laziness? Nope, have to continue with this oh-so-much fun adventure. Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

  
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FEARIEDUST 9/6/2009 11:14AM

    I had to LOL when I read this!

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HICALGAL 9/6/2009 3:26AM

    i read something similar somewhere else and i thought to myself, wow i am that much closer to my goal....NOT! i know what the extra weight feels like and it's coming OFF!

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AMYMLE 9/6/2009 12:50AM

    Just wait. If you wait long enough, they'll run another study that contradicts the finding of this study. If you're feeling healthier and better about yourself, just keep sparking!

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JUNEBUG1944 9/5/2009 10:14PM

    Works for me! emoticon

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DARLENEK04 9/5/2009 4:26PM

  Gee if we listened to all the stuff written out in publishing
land we wouldnt even be trying to get healthier. According to
the various stories, we should be thinner/heavier taller/shorter
exercise more/less.....well you get the picture....
Darlene

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S_HANSEN 9/5/2009 3:20PM

    Okay, an example of not believing everything we read in print. Did they give examples as to why? And how skinny were the women? If they were so thin that their hearts don't work then yes, being 20# over that is a plus. Don't give up. You are on your way to a healthier you. Have a fabulous weekend..
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RICH530 9/5/2009 2:18PM

    Interesting!!!
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SLIMMERJESSE 9/5/2009 2:05PM

    Thanks to all. I agree; there's a study to justify everything. (smiling)

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DDHEART 9/5/2009 2:02PM

    Well there you go........I just read an article in Sept More mag that cited studies that show decreased life expectancy even in the overweight category...more decrease in the obese category and even more still in the morbidly or severe obese category......Just wanted to help balance out any urges you have to be slothful!! LOL emoticon

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KIZIDOG 9/5/2009 11:40AM

    There's always something to rationalize what we want. I for one would go ahead and lose that 20 pounds and feel better, besides then you have some extra when you decide that it is a splurge day. (lol) Star emoticon

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NSCIAMBI 9/5/2009 11:15AM

    Haha! I bet that there's a study to prove anything out there!

I think I'll stick with losing these extra 20 pounds. :)

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WATERMELLEN 9/5/2009 10:39AM

    Do we live longer if we're 20 pounds overweight?? Don't know. But if we do: do we enjoy it more?? Likely not!

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WELLNESSME09 9/5/2009 10:34AM

    So many studies...most boggle my mind!! What is good for me is followed up with my doctor , he will decide what is right for me... emoticon... have a great day!! emoticon

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BRANDISMARG 9/5/2009 10:30AM

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Sometimes It's not About Being Motivated...

Friday, September 04, 2009

...it's about being healthy. That was a great reminder that a sparkfriend responded when I last blogged that I was not motivated. It's amazing how helpful the thoughts of friends are in keeping me reality-based. Another example this week, was when a friend responded to the artcile I cut and pasted about not wasting money on diet plans, diet pills, etc. I'd been periodically checking the website of the plan I'd been on for two months last October. It was a good start in eating the packaged foods (and learning things like portion control and all the other good tips), but I soon realized it was not for me. However, the people who started at the same time and are still on it have lost 55 or more pounds to my mere 33-35 (it varies - smiling). Okay, so without knowing this, a sparkfriend responded that she was on this plan and lost a bunch of weight, only to gain it all back and then some. And how happy she was to just be doing it the right way with SP. That was a great reminder to me that those folks will eventually have to eat real food, and that I was looking at it as though they had the magic answer. To all of my sparkfriends, thanks so much for your daily input. It's so helpful. Have a fun day.

  
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HICALGAL 9/4/2009 9:55PM

    have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

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S_HANSEN 9/4/2009 3:21PM

    That is so true... There are no short cuts... the only way to lose the weight and keep it off is exactly what you are doing. Figure out what combinations work for you. Keep up the exercise and you will have a life time of health and not a fly by night 55# wt. loss! You can do this jesse! We are all here by your side to support you. Have a fabulous weekend.
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DARLENEK04 9/4/2009 3:19PM

  Good blog.......and good points.
Also the comment by ArthurTom was on the mark also.
There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going.....hmmnnnn....

Your blog was a lesson in patience also...something I am not
really known for...
Thanks for posting...
Darlene

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KIZIDOG 9/4/2009 3:01PM

    Aren't we happy we found Spark People. Remember it is a lifestyle change. And if we don't change our bad habits we will gain anything we lose back. I'm glad you are realizing it. But 30-35 pounds is nothing to sneeze at. Congrats. Star
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ARTHURTOM 9/4/2009 1:18PM

    There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going...

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FLMOMX2 9/4/2009 12:41PM

    You are so right in that we need to make smart choices. Thanks for the reminder.

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I'm At That Awkward Stage

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Not really unmotivated, as I know I'll never go back to the way I used to eat and will continue to be active. However, not really motivated. Sorta in a limbo.

  
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HICALGAL 9/4/2009 3:23AM

    sometimes it's not about being motivated. just doing what's healthy. keep on! emoticon

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S_HANSEN 9/3/2009 4:50PM

    Maybe your body is trying to tell you something? I usually go through that stage when my body needs a rest. If not, it will pass, I am sure of it. Hang in there and don't let it get you to far out of whack.
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CORNPICKER73 9/3/2009 11:11AM

    I have gone through big patches of that feeling, too. It stinks. All I can say is just try to hang in there and do a little every day. Your motivation will come back if you will it, eventually!

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SLCB1023 9/3/2009 9:39AM

    Totally understand. I am in a kinda blah state right now myself. Gotta get myself fired up and motivated again. I haven't been able to do my exercise because of a knee injury so I know that is pulling me down. Exercise keeps me up and ready to tackle the world. So gotta think of things to do while my knee heals. Hope you have a great weekend. Good luck with finding that drive again. It certainly can be illusive at times. emoticon

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Never Know How Something Around the Corner Can Turn Your Whole Attitude Around

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Okay, I try to be patient with this "journey." But during today's walk, I was pondering that I've been doing this for 11 months and most of my 34 lb. loss occurred within the first five months. Now, even though I beat myself up that the scale should continue to go down, I have to give major props that I have maintained the loss in the face of a very high stress level during this time. So, I'm walking along with my music in my ears, and I turn the corner and let my dissatisfaction go. I waved to a neighbor who was in her car, and just getting out. We waved, and I continued to walk. But I heard her call to me, and I turned around and took the earbuds out. "WOW, look at you! You look beautiful!" she exclaims with this bright, cheery enthusiastic voice. I was so shocked and I told her about SP when she asked what I've been doing. She commented on how amazing I look, and I realize that she hasn't seen me in about 6 months. To say that I floated the rest of the way home would hardly be exagerating. (smiling) Her compliments echo in my mind, and have put my doubts and negativities to rest. I'll keep on keeping on, that's for sure. Which I intended to do anyway. But it's sooo nice when others notice.

  
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CORNPICKER73 9/3/2009 11:01AM

    Wonderful! Both about changing your mindset, and getting a nice compliment! Yay!

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HOKU-ALOHI 9/2/2009 9:48PM

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Awesome Job Jesse!!! Your persistence and determination are awe-inspiring! Keep up the great work!
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~~~Maya~~~
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KEENTINA 9/2/2009 7:43PM

    It is discouraging when the scale loss slows down a bit. However, I like my activity level much better now. I like fitting into different clothes and newer styles. I like having more energy. And, we all like for someone to notice our efforts. I've been visiting this group in a nursing home (my uncle is there, too) and they commented today on how much I'd come down in the few months I've been going. Some days I still see that I'm still bigger than I was at 40 and not how I'm smaller than I was 2 years ago - or a month even.
Glad to got that perk to keep you going!


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FLMOMX2 9/2/2009 6:25PM

    It is great when others notice. For us it happens slowly, and so not so dramatic. Those who only see us occasionally are the ones who notice the changes, so it's great when they notice. HAve a great week. Remember--- YOU LOOK AWESOME!!

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ANGIEGARRETT 9/2/2009 8:02AM

    Isn't it awesome that you have kept your weight loss off?! It's wonderful that you recognize that, while keeping in mind that the journey is long. To get back to the weight loss mode you just need to refocus and watch what you eat like you did the first few months. I am right with you sistah!

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L-OSTER8 9/2/2009 1:34AM

  They say (whoever 'they' are) that it's not about being obsessed with the scale that really matters. It's more about how you feel . . . if your clothes feel looser . . . and your positive state of mind that matters!

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ESSEXCHICKIE 9/2/2009 1:31AM

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HUGMONKEYMOM 9/2/2009 12:51AM

    These are the feelings that keep us going during the hard times. Bottle that, and the rest of the journey will be easier.

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ARTHURTOM 9/2/2009 12:50AM

    Now you know the feeling I get when I get questioned at the gym about "what have you done?" emoticon

Never give up Jesse!

Tim

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10 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight - Part 6-Final Tip

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

In an article in Women's Health with the above title, I found a few reasons I may not be losing weight despite good eating and exercise. One has to do with my stagnant energy which I'm getting help with acupuncture treatments. Some of these tips would not work for me that I've listed in previous blogs (the a/c setting and low goal), but the others are worth my attention. Thought I'd share with my SPfriends.

Nope, the article is gone from my database. But it was about the importance of getting enough potassium. Haven't read that before, at least not in the huge quantity they were suggesting.

  
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ARTHURTOM 9/1/2009 10:59AM

    Jesse, I eat one to two bananas a day emoticon and with the other foods in my plan, I don't pay too much mind to any specific nutrient although I do take 3 vitamin supplements (B complex, E, C) and the energy level is constant.

If you already aren't, just add a banana or two to your day. It might make the difference.

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SURENDERISNOTME 9/1/2009 10:58AM

    i knew potassium was a neccessity. I didn't know it would help you with your energy. Thanks for the tip.


Debbie

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