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Excercise is no longer something I fear.

Monday, February 10, 2014

I have been exercising everyday with a base of 10 minutes and then I add to that. I really like it. I think how I can add to it and what I can do different on the next day. What I don't track is biceps curls that I do and leg stretches and things like that. I am getting ready to start daily walking and this time I want to do it and not stop. So I am working up to it. I am adjusting my calories because it seems I am more hungry as I exercise more. I have cut back on the salt and the sugar and the white flour products. I don't miss them anymore.
I just keep doing the babysteps and it is working for me. Once in a while I have a treat, chocolate but not every day. Oh, I have Healthy Choice Fudge Bars (Ice cream) but they are only 100 calories for one and that satisfies my sweet tooth craving. I am changing myself one day at a time. Much love to all and lots of hugs. Laura

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Great job!
Wishing you continued success!! Every step takes you closer to your goal!

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    The more you exercise the more calories you need to burn fat and not muslce. Sounds amazng. I actually want to start waling again. If it isnt too cold i may walk 20 min to the bus station

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JOHN_SKIM 2/10/2014 11:43PM

  Hahaha... I do not like the rest days as well. Oh well... just trying to keep balance ;-)

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JUJUMILLER 2/10/2014 10:49PM

    This is great news!
I too, HATED to work out, now I HATE my rest days!
It is sooo true that exercising is addictive!


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Super Sunday

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Well, I finally did it. I went outside to play with my dog, Jasper and he was so overjoyed to see me up and around. I walked, on purpose, and he was so grateful. He had so much happiness to have me with him outside. It was like it was His Christmas. He wants so little of me and gives back so much. This was my first walk. And it was actually fun.

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    So happy for you!!!! Our fur babies are soooo awesome! You are too!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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.DUSTY. 2/3/2014 3:35PM

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Like with most all of us once we know we can do it one time we can do it again and again:)

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    That is so sweet. My dog is the same heloves it when i take him for a walk

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New Calorie Range

Thursday, January 30, 2014

I have been given a new calorie range. It is between 1200 and 1500 a day. Does this seem a little high? I have a very difficult time losing weight and although my clothes are baggy and loose, I think it is because I stay at the low end of my calorie range. Can you lose on 1200 calories a day? I am kind of scared to try. What if I start gaining again?

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    1200 is the minimum a woman should have a day. So dont worry. You can also increase your exercise.

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ADZY86 1/31/2014 7:15AM

    Wow I definitely couldn't lose on just 1200 calories a day...because by the 5th day I'd be so starving I'd probably end up eating about 5000 calories!!!
Eating too little can really slow down our metabolism and make it even harder to lose weight, which is definitely the opposite of what we want. Do you work out? Check your BMR, how many calories you burn doing exercise, and decide your calorie range based on that. Good luck whatever number you choose.

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    Have you looked at what your estimated BMR is?

Most women need at LEAST 1200 calories. I can't imagine eating less than that on a regular basis.

Take a peek here:

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.DUSTY. 1/30/2014 11:23PM

    "Can you lose on 1200 calories a day?" Are you serious?

Who gave you this range?

I guess if you gain you could always drop it down to 500-600 calories a day:)

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Somedays are better than others.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Spark Coach wanted me to blog of my beginnings of being overweight (fat). It's been a long time for me. Sorry if I depressed anyone. I tried to keep it not so depressing. I have battled this for such a long time. I only know that I want a different lifestyle. One that includes activity and friends and maybe, going back to school. I still love to learn. I have been seriously looking at my mistakes and praying for "Discerning eyes to expose my repetitious failures." And I have been seeing myself more and more clearer and some habits that comforted me were really me punishing me. Eating junk food or using food as a sedative when life hurts is no longer acceptable to me. I have changed. I have stopped drinking Diet sodas. They are not healthy and loaded with chemicals no one can pronounce.
I read every label before I eat it. Especially salt and sugar and what other things its loaded with. I tell myself, "Don't eat Trash!" I consider junk food trash, not healthy. Somedays I might slip up, but I never give up like I used to." When the going gets tough, the tough get going." As my grandfather would say. I am also going to find the humor in all of this. That's just a goal. I think losing weight should be fun. And I am going to find ways to make it more fun. God bless you for taking the time to read this. Much love.

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    It's good to look at ourselves realistically and weigh the good and the bad. Overall, we will probably find that when we actively pursue something, there is more good than bad.

We don't have to be perfect. We just need to do our best.

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PERSISTENTTIM 1/23/2014 9:26AM

    Good for you! I can totally relate to using food when depressed and as a way to avoid life. Just keep praying, believing and you will persevere. Have a great week!

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    It is nice to see how you are doing and working so hard to makke sure you give your body what it needs and trying to keep out the chemicals. You are doing so great ...we are not striving for perfection just better

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IMAVISION 1/23/2014 12:42AM

    You sure are making wise choices on how to best succeed on this wonderful journey of self-discovery & change of poor habits.

I wish you success upon success!

God bless!

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NAILDVA 1/22/2014 10:50PM

    This should be fun we are creating new lifestyles for ourselves. And you are absolutely right junk food is trash and we shouldn't be consuming it! Healthy clean eating is the way to go. Thanks for your blog its given me something to think about.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

It all started when I had my first surgery at the tender age of 4 years old. I had my tonsils taken out (with Ether) and screamed and cried from the pain. The nurses gave me ice cream to numb the pain and to comfort me. I know how it started. And so because I was alone much of the time, I ate to comfort myself and to punish myself. I was a chubby child and a chubette teenager. I never dated or went to a Prom. Who would want to be seen with me? I got married and had children with special needs, I ballooned up even more. Each year a milestone in gaining. Always taking care of someone for years and years. I wasn't angry at what life had given me. I always blamed myself for my lack of self control. It was no one else's fault but mine. My relatives made my life miserable with their veiled insults and with their (unhelpful) suggestions. I kept gaining. I had radical surgery, called a small-intestine bypass for morbidly obese people. I was one of 600 patients that had this experimental surgery. A lot of the other's died from the complications of the surgery. Mine took and I lost all the fat. The only problem was I dropped down to 98 pounds and was still losing. The doctor decided I was probably going to die and so he reconnected my intestines in an effort to save my life. As soon as I was home again, I started gaining instantly. I mean instantly. I would put on 10 pounds a week until I was even past even what I had weighed before. Life has been hard for me and so I gave up. I found Spark People by accident and loved Spark Guy for making this website for everyone. I had no money for a gym or any tools that I could access. But I can track here and find exercise to do and relearn how to take care of myself. I am finally learning to put myself first, not last. And I am learning that I am important. That was something I never ever thought of. To love myself and that it is alright to love myself. I am indebted to Spark People for I had given up on myself. But doing the tracking and 10 minutes of exercise and all that water and reading and reading Spark pages. I found I did have the strength in me. I can lose weight. I can do it and so can you.

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IMAVISION 1/23/2014 12:48AM

    Your blog is excellent --- you are certainly on the right track to becoming all that the good Lord would have you be. I am so very, very proud of your hard work & great results to date.

You are important & deserve to do the best for yourself that you can.

You encourage me on my walk to being all I am meant to be.

God bless!

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LISASGONNADOIT 1/22/2014 12:41AM

    So sorry that you experienced so much pain in your life and having to endure so much of it alone. Now is your time to shine!!!!! So happy that you have found this site and that you can finally take care of yourself. You are doing it, Laura! Some day you will look back at your struggles and realize how fortunate you were because you wouldn't be as strong nor the person you are today!!!!! Keep on fighting for you!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    I am so sorry for how hard it has been, I have been there except for the surgeries. Look at ho string it has made you. You are stilll here and now you are fighting. You go Girl

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