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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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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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10 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight - Part 5

Monday, August 31, 2009

Okay, this blog and tomorrow's are the last two tips that I find helpful to me. 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.

Roadblock number 9: You take a three-minute drive to run an errand two blocks from home.

What’s wrong with that? Labor-savers like automobiles decrease the amount of calories you burn daily. Get this: research recently showed that car-happy suburb dwellers have higher BMIs (Body Mass Indexes) and blood pressure levels than people who reside in urban areas where walking is necessary for day-to-day tasks. Oh, and the studied suburbanites weighed six pounds more. The average American now drives 73 minutes daily and uses the car for almost 90 percent of trips regardless of distance. We walk or bike on errands only 6 percent of the time!

Detour: It’s not just cars that are making us fat. Elevators, computers, dishwashers, and plenty of other machines have all decreased the amount of energy we expend daily. Saving time is great; getting chubby, not so much. We're not suggesting that you get rid of your TV remote, Facebook page, or even your new energy-efficient Prius.

Instead, buy a pedometer and aim to get 10,000 steps daily. You can burn 200 calories, and rack up a major amount of steps, by taking a 30 minute-stroll to get your morning coffee. Do this for just over two weeks and you’ll lose a pound (3,500 calorie deficit = a one pound loss).

Performing simple chores rather than hiring someone else to do them will also help you rack up steps and burn calories. For example, a 140-pound woman can burn quite a few calories in 30 minutes with these activities:
Leisurely bike ride to the post office: 254 calories
Weeding your garden: 143 calories
Cleaning the house (dusting, taking out the trash, straightening up): 95 calories (if you vacuum: 111 calories)
Bathing your dog: 173 calories
Walking quickly to meet your friend for lunch: 200 calories


  
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FLMOMX2 8/31/2009 8:34AM

    great tip!!

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TRAMMELL2 8/31/2009 12:49AM

    These are some great tips!! Thank you

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10 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight - Part 4

Sunday, August 30, 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.

Roadblock number 8: You think "water-rich diet" means more trips to the cooler.

What's wrong with that? Water in your glass is good, but water in your food can have serious slimming power. In a new American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study, obese women ages 20 to 60 were told to either reduce their fat intake or increase their intake of water-rich foods, such as fruits and veggies. Although they ate more, women in the water-rich group chose foods that were more filling—yet had fewer calories—so they still lost 33 percent more weight in the first 6 months than the women in the reduced-fat group.

Detour: Fill up on food that's high in H2O. Some good choices in addition to fruits and veggies: broth-based, low-sodium soups; oatmeal and other whole grains; and beans. For other filling options, consult The Volumetrics Eating Plan: Techniques and Recipes for Feeling Full on Fewer Calories, by Barbara Rolls, Ph.D. (Harper Paperbacks, 2007).

  
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HOKU-ALOHI 8/30/2009 1:01AM

  emoticonYour information is emoticon and timely. I will definitely use this in planning my meals.
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~~~Maya~~~
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10 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight - Part 3

Saturday, August 29, 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. As I've posted two other reasons, I've realized that they would not work for me - setting the a/c up so high that I'd roast & setting my end goal very low. Neither of these tips are helpful, but let's see what else might be a relevant tip from this list.

Roadblock number 5: You’ve got a quick-fix fixation.

What’s wrong with that? If you’re contemplating the lemon juice, cayenne, and maple syrup diet so popular with celebs, you need to know now that starvation, diet pills, and get-slim-quick products are not the solution to your weighty dilemma. The more you fall for quack diets and potions, the harder it becomes to lose weight the next time around. You go off your diet (or diet pill) and the weight comes back—sometimes faster than you lost it—and can leave you heavier than you were when you started!

The fr-enemy diets: Recent research gave the Atkins Diet a modest nod over other popular diets. But the overall results of this JAMA study (which weren’t trumpeted in the media) actually found that none of the most popular diets of the past few years works! Average weight loss after a year on the high-protein Atkins Diet was 10.4 pounds. The low-fat Dean Ornish eating plan: a paltry 4.8 pounds. The low-carb Zone diet: only 3.5 pounds! Most of the weight was lost in the first two months, then regained over the next 10.

More promise breakers: Don’t waste your money on weight-loss products or OTC diet pills, either. Americans spend more than $35 billion on diet foods and drinks, books, drugs, medical treatments, and commercial weight-loss chains annually. Do you think if any of these actually worked we’d keep spending year-in, year-out?



Detour: Three to four pounds are worth an entire year of self-sacrifice? Come on! Legit studies backed by the National Institutes of Health show that you can achieve long-term weight loss only by reducing your calorie intake and increasing your physical activity. No more truthful equation was ever written. Many studies have shown that you can lose about a pound a week by eating 500 fewer calories a day, eventually resulting in weight loss of 15 percent of your total body weight.

Instead of starving yourself or wasting your hard-earned cash, try these actions:
Reduce your calories by substituting refined carbs with whole grains like brown rice and quinoa.
Eat fruit at snack time.
Chew on some good fats like olive oil and nuts, and ditch anything made with hydrogenated fats.
Take your pooch, or a family member, for a walk for at least 30 minutes every day.

To lose weight and not regain it, changes in thinking, eating, and exercise are your only route to success.


  
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MARIAWORK 8/31/2009 5:01PM

    After losing weight on NutriSystem, only to gain it right back, I am definitely a proponent of the no-diet diet plan. The good news is I'm finding it easier to put into practice than I thought I would! Permanent changes over a long period (i.e. a lifetime) are actually encouraging to me--knowing I can make a change and won't have to take a pill for the rest of my days, or worry about the weight coming back, is liberating! And I can still treat myself in bits and pieces, too. Thank goodness for SparkPeople!

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I-8-2-MUCH 8/29/2009 1:16PM

    You're absolutely right! All that stuff is bad for your overall life & your wallet too. I dont do any of that & I've lost over 90 lbs doing my own thing, analizing why the diets never worked for me, eating smarter & making sure I didn't diet the wrong way again. I'm proof it can be done without all that diet hype, I dont trust any so called experts. Very interesting to see that the expert diets dont do much to reduce our waists, but certainly make our wallets thinner!

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ANASGONNAMAKEIT 8/29/2009 10:08AM

    Thanks for sharing this info

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KIZIDOG 8/29/2009 8:52AM

    H-m-m haven't we heard this before. Now all we have to do is put it into practice. Star emoticon

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 8/29/2009 2:08AM

    interesting! I liked this blog! :)

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DAIZYSTARLITE 8/29/2009 1:10AM

    Very interesting...

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