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How Badly Do You Want To Lose Weight?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hey you! Yes you, don't look behind you I am talking to you! emoticon Do you want to lose this weight? Do you want to get to your dream size and KEEP IT OFF? I have the secret... you aren't going to believe it when I tell you this... okay, I've kept you in suspense long enough. The secret to having the healthy body you want and finally dropping those pounds for good is...



Okay, at this point the average person would walk away from me or stop listening. They do not want to hear that at all. They want to hear what supplement, pill, shake or program they can buy to get the results that I have. But you are different, you are a Spark Person! Not to act all high and mighty, but us Spark People have the edge on the Average Joe's! emoticon If you have been on Spark for sometime you know that weight loss isn't something you do until you lose the weight. You know this isn't a diet that you go on only to go off of it a few months later. You know this is a full on lifestyle change, where you track your food (or at least monitor calories to an extent) and you make sure that fitness is part of your routine. But before Spark People, maybe you were like myself.

Stephanie-BSP (Before Spark People)
Stephanie-BSP was a very different person. She was a person who spent lots of $$$ on things that she thought would get her to her goal weight. You see, at 272 pounds, she was DESPERATE to lose this weight. She was a sad person who was overwhelmed by the amount of weight she had to lose. Deep down she knew a healthy lifestyle change was the way to go, but that just seemed too dang hard. emoticon She wanted magic! emoticon She wanted the Weight Loss Fairy to come while she was sleeping and wake up at her goal weight.

Eventually she gave up on the Weight Loss Fairy and decided to waste a lot of time and money on things that don't work, let's list a few.

Alli, Trim Spa (back in the day), Countless weight loss pills and supplements that I don't remember the names of, low carb diet, cabbage soup diet, detox diet, 4 day diet, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers... and well, you get the point. emoticon (Disclaimers at the bottom of this post)

I was desperate to lose weight, and I spent so much time and money on those things. Some I lost quite a bit of weight, but it never lasted because I looked at them as diets that I could go off of when I was "done". Boy was that wrong. emoticon

Don't let me catch that gleam in your eye! Are you wondering about one of those diets because you haven't heard of them? Well don't bother, because they don't work LOL. I am guilty of that to this day. I have lost almost 85 pounds through tracking my food and exercising. I have not cut out any foods and nothing is truly off limits. I have done this on portion control and counting my calories. It's really true what they say about calories in calories out. So why to this day do I still look at other "diets"? I don't go looking for them, but I hear a Sparker is doing a juice fast or started a such and such diet and I'm intrigued to go and see what it is all about. In my defense I have never actually done the diet (not in the last 18 months on this journey at least), but why is it that after all this time I still want to go and look? I guess there is always this part of us that is hoping there will be an easier and faster way to do this. We can be successful and still wonder if there is a better way.

These are my tips for finding the BEST weight loss plan for you (I know many might disagree):
emoticon Your eating plan is something you can stick with for the rest of your life. If you can't go low carb for the rest of your life, don't lose weight that way. If you can't go the rest of your life on a juice fast (who can?!), don't lose weight that way. Anything that you have to go "off of" at the "end" is not a healthy balanced lifestyle.

emoticon Find exercise you can stick to and ENJOY. Again, I will say don't do something you can't maintain for the long haul. I have seen people lose weight by exercising 3 hours a day because they were unemployed and had the time. As soon as they got a job and could no longer exercise that long, they packed back on the pounds. Find something you like to do so you will actually want to do it. You don't have to kill yourself with hours in the gym to lose this weight. We are looking for that balance. :)

emoticon If you are starting out start with small changes. Trying to do it all at once can be so daunting... I started with water... trying to get in 8 glasses a day. Then I started tracking all my food, not even worrying about the calorie range, just getting in the habit of tracking. Then I worked on staying in range and then adding in exercise. Doing it in stages helps so much and seems less overwhelming.

emoticon Use Spark for support or have an accountability buddy. We all have bad days, we all have days where we eat everything or don't exercise, that's to be expected. But when it turns into several days or weeks, have someone you can turn to remind you to keep your eye on the prize. emoticon

If you have ever said you were willing to do ANYTHING to lose weight, then why not do the one thing that is PROVEN to work and proven to make sure you keep the weight off? emoticon Healthy Lifestyle For The Win! emoticon


emoticon My disclaimer is that I know Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers have been a huge success for many. I think out of all the programs, Weight Watchers is the same as a healthy lifestyle and counting calories. It didn't work for me way back when because I had a bad mentality. My mentality was if you can use all your points eating one meal at Jack In The Box and not eating anything else, then do it. BAD BAD BAD. That was my fault, not Weight Watchers. ;) Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem are great while you do them, but what happens when you go off of them? You still need to learn how to eat and cook for yourself. With that said if you can teach yourself those things after you go "off them" then you are golden. I in no way mean to talk poorly of those weight loss programs or anyone who chooses to use them, just saying they didn't work for me personally. emoticon

  
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TERRIJ7 3/9/2014 12:36PM

    Very true! Don't you just love Spark People? So much great, common sense advice.

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GRAMPIAN 12/16/2013 3:55PM

  Great good sense! emoticon

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DRTOVAH 11/11/2013 9:56AM

  great post

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WHITEANGEL4 10/31/2013 10:48PM

    You are right. We Sparkers are aware that to be successful in losing weight and having a healthy lifestyle, we need to mwke a lifestyle change for life. It works and all members can tell evryone so

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SUECHRIS50 10/24/2013 3:53PM

    Spark People is amazing.having been here going on 3 years I haven't found any site as wonderful.The support is awesome and knowing i'm not alone in this journey is tops! emoticon

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SUPERMODEL2BE 10/23/2013 5:10PM

    Thanks for the motivation!

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SHELL1400_85 10/23/2013 2:29PM

    Awesome blog! Thank you so much for sharing. You are right fad diets do not work. I have experienced this first hand as while. I used Slim Quick before. Now I realized that having a healthy lifestyle is really the only way to go!!

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JAMY130 10/22/2013 10:34PM

    Great blog, emoticon

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SLIMMINGSHAY 10/22/2013 3:15PM

    VERY well written! Loved reading this and I have always agreed that if it's not something you can stick with, then you shouldn't be doing it. I have NEVER done any of those programs you listed or any others out there. I know and always have known, that to lose the weight I put on is all in MY power simply by moving more and eating better. Thanks for this blog!

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LINZBM21 10/22/2013 9:36AM

    Thanks for sharing this! It's encouraging to see someone make progress just by hard work. You're right those diets don't really work, at least not for me! I can't stand being so restricted! Can I ask though, do you allow yourself to have sweets occasionally? I have a huge sweet tooth and that's been half my battle to lose weight.

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AJINMN 10/21/2013 10:33PM

    So true, so true... :)

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GRACILU 10/21/2013 2:36PM

    Great blog!

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RENLLY 10/21/2013 2:01PM

    Good Blog Post - thanks for sharing

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PENNYPEARLS 10/21/2013 9:51AM

    Thanks. I needed to have this encouragement today. Your words are absolutely true. emoticon

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SHERYLP461 10/21/2013 7:52AM

    Thanks, good information

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CICELY360 10/20/2013 5:15PM

  Good blog.

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GEORGE815 10/20/2013 12:26PM

    Thanks for all the advice!

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MRSRIGS1 10/20/2013 12:05PM

    You hit the nail right on the head with this blog! Thank you! The only thing I would add is that it takes a lot of patience, patience, patience. We must remember that we did not gain the weight in a day, week or month. We did it over the years! Therefore, we cannot expect the weight to come off in days. Even when we do not see our hard work pay off (meaning on the scale) we must continue forward with the healthy eating and habits we've learned. Eventually, we feel the efforts by putting on our clothes and they no longer fit. This journey can at times feel too long and perhaps painful but it is WORTH every effort if we just have the patience to stick with it!

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NEWMOM20121 10/20/2013 11:00AM

    Great blog. emoticon

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KELLYD2112 10/19/2013 6:35PM

    Thanks for the awesome blog. Very motivating!

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THESHELBSTER 10/19/2013 6:34PM

    Great blog as usual. All so true!

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GRACILU 10/19/2013 6:00PM

    Great thoughts!

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MARYJEANSL 10/19/2013 5:53PM

  Very true!

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WILDFLOWERMA 10/19/2013 3:26PM

    Great wisdom here emoticon

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ZELLAZM 10/19/2013 8:02AM

    Love your take on things...and really get why this post is so popular. Now if we would all just LISTEN!

Good weekend!

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SANDYCRANE 10/19/2013 6:50AM

    I agree with you.It is not easy, but it can be done.

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SCRAPBECCA 10/19/2013 1:28AM

    Thanks for reminding me to keep (put) my eyes (back) on the prize. After 6 months of successful commitment here at SP I have gotten wildly off track in the last week.

I love how I look and feel after losing almost 25 pounds with sane eating and reasonable exercise. Thanks for the reminder that I really don't want to go back to the insanity of binge eating and no exercise (already I have gained back 3 or more pounds in just 7 days!).

Part of me was thinking about giving up but after reading your post I am recommitting to what has worked so well for me these last 6 months. I am going to view these last 7 days as a very temporary detour. Thanks for leading me back to the right path!

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CAT125 10/18/2013 9:30PM

    Love your blogs! emoticon

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JAMER123 10/18/2013 9:04PM

    Excellent blog and very inspiring!! Keep up your good work and weight loss!!
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STARSUB99 10/18/2013 8:11PM

    Love your words of wisdom!

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/18/2013 7:52PM

  your doing super. Keep it up!!! emoticon

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CHUBBY_MOM 10/18/2013 5:36PM

    Thanks for reminding me that it isn't about "the diet" but the life style change and making it something you can continue on a daily bases.

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SUSIEMT 10/18/2013 5:20PM

    I love you Steph-knee! You are so right on!! We need to make this a Most Popular Blog for wider dissemination!! I hope everyone that reads this forwards it on to someone else. Trev1964 was so right on with his response! You did good Steph!

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JSEATTLE 10/18/2013 3:54PM

  Yes, whatever works for you! It is a combination of things as you have stated so well.

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GALINAZ 10/18/2013 3:17PM

    I would add only one thing - give yourself the TIME to make these changes. I'm into my third year with SP and I haven't lost all the weight I would like but I HAVE made lifestyle changes that will get me there. emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 10/18/2013 2:41PM

    Fantastic!!
I Angela - BSP was exactly as you described yourself. So much of what you say here resounds with me. I bet we like the same shoes. LOL!
Thanks for the advice and inspiration.
Hugs,
Angela


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They Finally Stopped Snickering (Or Did They?)

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Being overweight my entire life, I have had my fair share of teasing. I had a lot of it in High School... and it wasn't fun. I can remember I was sitting down, waiting for my mom to come and get me. A guy pulled up and took the time to stop the car to say "Can I get your number? Yeah that belly just REALLY turns me on!" I wouldn't even make eye contact with the guy until he finally drove away. It's sad that over 10 years later I can still remember that like it happened yesterday. The good news is, I don't think of times like that very often.

After High School I thought the worst had to be behind me, adults couldn't be as petty and ridiculous as children right? WRONG! emoticon I actually found out that adults were even more brutal and judgmental and had no problem showing it. I could provide examples, but I don't want to think about those unhappy moments and give them any more time and energy.

But the other day I realized that I haven't heard a snicker or a snide remark in quite some time... in fact if you asked me when was the last time I heard one, I probably couldn't figure out when it was. The thing of it is, I am still about 188 pounds, not small by any means and I carry a large amount of weight in my stomach. To add insult to injury I live in Los Angeles, and even after losing almost 85 pounds I can almost always be the biggest person in a place at any given time. Whether it's shopping or out to eat, I am often the big girl... this isn't always the case but it happens more than I care to admit. So did people really stop making comments at my expense? Maybe, but I somehow find it highly unlikely. I think what has changed is me. I am no longer looking to see if anyone is giving me a weird look, or whispering while they point at me. I am no longer looking to see who is laughing so loudly, because they MUST be laughing at the fat girl. I am too busy feeling stronger and more confident because I have lost 85 pounds. In the past I literally walked around feeling like EVERYONE was looking at me and passing judgement because I was so big... it might sound paranoid but the sad part is it was often true. But those days are behind me and it's no longer something I choose to worry about.

I joked with my brother if I heard people making a joke about me I would say "Where? Where's the fat girl? I want to see! I've lost 85 pounds so it couldn't possibly be me!" emoticon It is to the point now where I don't care who thinks I'm fat or what their opinions are about it. Am I still overweight? Absolutely. But I am happy, healthy and I have come a long way and I am too busy enjoying my life to be worried about what other people might or might not be saying.

I am sharing this with you, because whether you've lost 5, 10, or 100 pounds, you deserve to be proud of yourself. People that pass judgement on others purely based on weight clearly have their own issues, and it has nothing to do with you. My hope by sharing this is that you won't wait until you lose 85 pounds to regain that confidence and to start living life. Don't waste any more time wondering if those people snickering are talking about you... they aren't worth your time. Hold your head high and be proud of who you are today, tomorrow, and everyday moving forward! emoticon

  
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MYTURN694 4/3/2014 4:23PM

  I can totally relate to what you said. I used to be afraid to walk around when I was with people because I was afraid they would they remark on how big I've become. It isn't until recently that I've noticed that it doesn't bother me anymore. I am 24 lbs lighter than my heaviest known weight and I am more comfortable in my skin than ever before. I have a long way to go but at least I'm not in the same place I was before. Good luck to you .... I know we'll both meet our goals! emoticon

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HELLOADDISON 2/19/2014 10:43AM

    Thank you for shareing this! I have been in that bad place for a long time of not wanting to be out or leave my home due to my size and looks I feel like a big purple yellow polka dotted monster everyone is looking at because there is a spot light on me, and people are mean nasty snide and laughing and pointing all at me. I also have social/agora phobia and that does not help. I am starting to notice a few small victories though since i have joined Sparkpeople, the other day while at Mc donalds with my dad I noticed a young couple was making fun of me and you know what for the first time i held my head high and even looked at them like they were stupid it hurt yes but it did not get the best of me. I am thankful for the friends and support I have found here at spark! emoticon emoticon

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MAYBER 12/25/2013 11:57PM

    Thank you for sharing your story it has helped a lot of others
Very proud of who you are today
Best wishes as you continue on to your tomorrows
One day at a time
Love Prayers Peace
Bernice
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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/19/2013 7:26AM

    To some degree, I've no idea if any or all are laughing or snickering or made snide remarks just because I'm already deaf in ine ear and not far behind deaf in my "good ear"... But I sure sensed strange body language. So maybe I am paranoid...

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MCJULIEO 12/13/2013 10:38AM

    Grieving for what you went through, but rejoicing that you are healthy and wise to reject their hurtfulness... your testimony is SO encouraging...

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SAMMI-SAM 12/7/2013 12:33AM

    I laughed my butt off when I saw this page. Very humerus emoticon ....

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GODSGLORYGIRL 12/6/2013 9:01PM

    Steph-knee, I've had your blog post in my in-box for weeks now and I finally took a minute and read it! I am SO PROUD of you! And your story is so encouraging to me. I have over 160 pounds to lose and I KNOW that I am treated differently and judged for my size. Your blog reminded me that confidence and a positive attitude are our best weapons against ignorance. I hope that your journey continues to be full of wonderful happy times and compassion for others because of your experience.

Paula
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KATHLEENMMF 12/3/2013 8:31AM

  You are awesome ! Thank you so much for motivating me today !!! : )

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SPICY23 11/27/2013 8:08PM

  Thank you for this encouraging post! You are a Beacon of Inspiration!
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JPANNELL0 11/25/2013 11:50PM

    Loved your blog! Keep up that great winning attitude and keep up the great work!

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LOVEXAVIE 11/23/2013 2:38PM

  Great blog!! Know what you mean about being in So CA (I'm in OC).
You are doing so well and I am so proud of you.

It must really suck to be the kind of person like that guy who said those hurtful words in high school. I try to always put myself in the other guys shoes but honestly? I can't even imagine being of a mindset to think - let alone articulate - what he said to you.
Says infinitely more about him and his sad state than it could ever say about you!

People like him simply. don't. matter.

YOU matter!! Keep up the GREAT WORK!!!

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JOELLACORNEILLE 11/23/2013 11:45AM

  Excellent post. You dealt with something even more important than the weight loss, you dealt with the ability to like yourself in spite of everything else. Thank you.

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LADYGSC 11/21/2013 7:41PM

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ETERNALMINDED 11/21/2013 3:50PM

    Congrats on the weight lost! Also, congrats, on not caring what others think! You just continue on your journey to a healthier you! Blessings to you on this journey we call life! emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 11/21/2013 5:57AM

    Good for you. Congratulations.

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1GROVES2 11/19/2013 1:07PM

    Great blog! and Congratulations on your healthier diet!....and
THANKS!

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 11/19/2013 12:15PM

    You are awesome! I love your attitude and the way you look at things. You have lost 85 lbs!. That is incredible and you are a rock star! You're right, though - waiting for something (anything, not just a weight-related something) in order to be proud of ourselves, or to accept and appreciate ourselves is such a waste of time. We should all be proud of ourselves and love ourselves today. Life's too short to wait!

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GETTINGFIT88 11/19/2013 11:45AM

  Congratulations - your positive attitude is inspiring!

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AMYSYOKO 11/18/2013 9:13PM

  wow so inspiring, reading this kind of broke my heart and then really BLESSED my heart I admire your strength, courage and determination...you go girl, well done!!!

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YAYA179 11/18/2013 2:34PM

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STEPHLOKI 11/18/2013 1:14AM

    Thanks for sharing this. I am still worrying about who is sniggering, even though I have never been obese and live in a place with many obese people. But I am right now at my heaviest ever since I regained my weight I lost and then some.

So I do feel fat & ugly & like a failure. But deep down I can overcome all the obstacles and even the hormone problems and loose again.

Thanks for cheering us on

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FIRECRACKER61 11/17/2013 2:07PM

    Been teased, shunned, ignored, overlooked about my weight since I was three years old. But I am also experience healing here at SparkPeople. Thank you for sharing. You are doing so great!

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LEN_VERSION32 11/17/2013 12:51PM

    Congrats on your weight loss and great confidence!! Thanks for encouraging us!

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JERICHO1991 11/17/2013 7:53AM

    Moving forward, great attitude.

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DESIZGIRL 11/17/2013 5:54AM

    Your blog entry brought back so many memories. Of hiding behind loose clothing, chairs squeaking precariously as I would sit down, looks and comments I would pretend not to hear. The list goes on.

When we focus on positives....positive people, positive self-speak, appreciation for all we have, the negative begins to fade to the background. We notice it less. Since we are not focused on negative aspects of our lives, we notice more positive things. Our lives become reflections of that positive attitude.

So congratulations on your tremendous accomplishment! You should be so proud of yourself!

Blessings!
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FREEBIRD7100 11/17/2013 2:39AM

    Congratulations for losing weight and gaining yourself! Keep up the great work & thanks for being a role model for the rest of us

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LINDA! 11/16/2013 11:57PM

    What a great blog.

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4KWALK 11/16/2013 7:18PM

    Congratulations and thank you for caring enough about other Sparkers to write this blog. It is a help for me today.

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MRSCHIPPY 11/16/2013 4:58PM

    Thanks for sharing and congrats on your successes!

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STITCHLADY55 11/16/2013 2:18PM

  Congrats on your progress It is always interesting to hear one own experience reflected in the words of others. It lets us all know we were not alone then and we are not alone now. Thank you SOooo much for sharing it make the journey so much easier. emoticon emoticon

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ROXYHON 11/16/2013 12:42PM

    You are incredible! Congratulations on your weight-loss, but mostly congratulations for the wonderful confidence and strength that you have developed. YOU should be so proud of everything you have accomplished, and thank you so much for your blog as it is such an inspiration to all of us. Keep up your great work, and continue to enjoy every positive change that you foster...way to go!!!

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MEADOW47 11/16/2013 12:26PM

  So many of us have had the unpleasant and hurtful experiences you described...and more. Before Spark there was Overeaters Anonymous where I learned that my value was not in my weight. That I was kind, attractive, reliable, honest, capable, well-read and had many other sterling qualities. I made a list. I quit giving the scale, and other people, power over how I felt about myself! I put the list with a picture of myself where I could see it often and titled it "Graduate of Life"

I have held my head up ever since and I never think anyone is a better person than I am.

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IAMCOLEEN 11/16/2013 11:36AM

  Fantastic sharing. Good for you, great message for us all!

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EGMINGA 11/16/2013 11:28AM

    I fully understand what you went through for me add elementary school. I have moved on and reading your blog let's me know I'm not the only one who has fought this battle and we are winning it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KANOE10 11/16/2013 9:11AM

    Great blog. We have all suffered the cruelty of others. It is time to be proud of ourselves and to beiieve in the healthy life we have chosen. Great job on losing 85 pounds!


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CHERYLJAY7351 11/16/2013 7:51AM

  Congratulations, you have made the most important shift-changing your attitude about yourself.
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CYDE43 11/16/2013 3:54AM

  I wish you could bottle what you are getting in strength from your experience, because it's worth a million! You are lucky that "the guy" was in a car and drove away ... believe me, I know the comments and the evil little snide remarks. Unfortunately, I have "the guy" (figuratively speaking) all around me--in my family, living with me, friends of people who don't drive away. And day in and day out, that's what I hear. Nothing is good enough, gets resolved fast enough, is attractive enough or picked apart so that what is attractive, good and working is hardly recognizable. I learned to use headphones and listen to good music a long time ago. I decided to feel sorry for them because of how poor their quality of life is for not being able to recognize what is truly valuable. And as your weight loss of 85 lbs may seem like it doesn't show, I assure you, like a light taken out from under a barrel, it shows. emoticon

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SASSYTHING52 11/15/2013 10:50PM

    nice blog i dont care what people think but my past really hurts my efferts emoticon

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DGRIFFITH51 11/15/2013 10:03PM

    Well said!! You have come a long way and you deserve to be proud of the changes you are making in your life!
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BEVIEG41 11/15/2013 8:10PM

    You go girl. I would kill to be a trim 188 lbs, so enjoy who you are and dont worry about the really small petty people. I went to a restaurant lately and they stuck my friend and I near the kitchen. I complained and asked if they put all their overweight patrons in the back of the restaurant. He hemmed and hawwed and by golly we got a seat up front and by a window. You have to like who you are no matter what size you are.

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OLDLADYOF5 11/15/2013 7:59PM

    I am glad to hear how good you are doing. I come from a family of men and women who weigh on average 200 pounds. Some weigh more and some weigh less. I have always struggled to keep my weight under control because of this and health reasons as well. I can remember being a freshmen in high school, many-many years ago, and kids making fun of me because I was a little over weight (like 20 pounds). I vowed to lose weight over the summer. I did it in an unhealthy way, but I did not get made fun of any more. As a matter of fact, those who poked fun at me and those who didn't, took notice of my new found look. By the way, I went from a size 16 to a size 9 over that summer. Now that I am getting older the weight is starting to come back. But I got a saving grace coming my way. I am getting a free 6 month membership to weight watchers and will be joining a gym soon after. Keep up the good work and continue to encourage others.

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SADDHU1 11/15/2013 7:27PM

  Congratulations on the weight lost and the confidence gained!

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XENA1956 11/15/2013 7:01PM

    Great blog! Finally to get that "Ah Ha!" moment is wonderful! Wishing you the best of luck in your weight loss journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JULIA75 11/15/2013 6:11PM

    Well, allegedly living well is the best revenge, so since you are living healthily and dropping weight (how many thousand people want to lose weight and haven't even even managed 20 pounds, and you dropped 85!), I think you won out over that evil memory. That said, since I've met creatures of that ilk I'm having a lovely warm image of him totaling his car, taking a long time to being back on his feet and gaining 80 pounds, none of which he ever dropped. (I may not be an entirely nice person ;) )

I think maybe you aren't hearing snide remarks because with that huge, huge, huge success of losing so much weight and all the work and the changes it took, you simply have gained a confidence that repels cowards like that. emoticon emoticon

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JMADAMS3 11/15/2013 5:59PM

    GREAT Job! Keep it up - You are an inspiration!!

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My 3 Phases of Weight Loss...

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Everyone's weight loss journey is different... so what is true for me may not be true for you. emoticon 18 months into this I have realized my weight loss journey is always in one of the following 3 phases. For the most part, it's either the good, the bad, or the meh. Let's break it down.

The BESTEST of all the phases:

The Sweet Spot, AKA emoticon's and emoticon's.

You know that amazing feeling, when NOTHING can stand in your way? Your nutrition is on point, calories in range, drinking all of your water without even thinking about it... emoticon You're exercising like a beast and you feel fierce! Rawr! emoticon You turn down that emoticon at work, you make healthy choices when you are forced to eat out, you take an extra emoticon just because you are emoticon! In fact, this spot is so sweet, you feel like this weight loss journey is a piece of emoticon! You might even momentarily forget how much work this weight loss journey is, because the emoticon's and emoticon are taking over! There is only one minor problem with the sweet spot... you can't live there permanently. You can stay there weeks even months at a time, but we are only human. We are going to drop the emoticon at some point, we are going to eat more than we should, or skip a workout because we all make mistakes. Sometimes life gets in the way, sometimes things get us down, but we can always push forward and return to the sweet spot if we put in the effort. emoticon

Now for the WORST of the phases:


emoticon Don't let the adorable Sheldon or the bright colors fool you, the Pit of Despair is pure EVIL! This is the phase where you feel like you should just be hiding under the covers! emoticon emoticon Everything that can go wrong will go wrong. You will skip workouts, you will eat everything in sight, sometimes you may even get attacked by the dreaded Binge Monster! emoticon This will make you even more agitated and under certain circumstances the pit can suck you in for weeks at a time. This time in the pit is very costly, it typically means pounds gained emoticon, and lots of motivation lost. emoticon The good news is, the pit of despair doesn't have to be permanent! For me, I turn to my special Spark Friends to help pull me back out. emoticon Asking for help is definitely a sure fire way to get to the sweet spot, or at the very least the 3rd and final phase.

I present to you: Middle Ground!


While the Middle Ground isn't nearly as exciting as the Sweet Spot, it is definitely miles away from the Pit of Despair! It is that balance... today you might pass up the emoticon , and tomorrow you might eat it. You may miss a workout or two but you don't feel out of control and get right back to it the next day. The Binge Monster emoticon may come knocking at your door but you turn him away, at least for the night. Bumps in the road happen, but you don't let them throw you completely off plan. This is where I find I spend the majority of my time. Going through the motions, mainly good choices with bad choices peppered in. I am learning that a few bumps along the way doesn't have to throw you right into the pit, and that is progress! emoticon

I have learned SO MUCH from all 3 of these phases. I've learned that the Pit of Despair can suck you in so easily, a few days off plan can turn into 6 weeks. Yes you read that right, I had a 6 week stint at the Pit of Despair... they didn't even give me a discount for my extended stay. emoticon What I learned from the Pit was to appreciate the Sweet Spot. I also remember a good 6 week stint in the Sweet Spot, where I was happy to pay full price. emoticon I really learned to enjoy those moments where things come so easily, because that is not always the case.

I am really learning to adjust to the Middle Ground. Things can't always be emoticon's and emoticon but they don't have to be emoticon & emoticon either. There can be a nice balance to life and weight loss where it does require effort, there are mistakes but ultimately you can still come out on top. 1 emoticon doesn't have to lead to 10, 1 missed work out doesn't have to lead to 2 weeks on the couch, we just have to take it one day at a time. So some days, if you find your emoticon just isn't in it, and you are just going through the motions, sometimes that is okay! Going through the motions is better than not bothering at all. I really believe success is a bunch of tiny victories all strung together! If you have more tiny victories than minor slip ups, you are on the right path and you are amazing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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TERRIJ7 2/26/2014 10:53AM

    Yeah, feeling like the busted can of biscuits right now--working my way back to the sweet spot.

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GRAMPIAN 12/3/2013 10:03AM

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EMMACORY 11/12/2013 2:17PM

    Great insight. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAM.1 11/4/2013 6:03PM

  Good blog! I liked the analogy.

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LORIKNAPP 10/23/2013 2:03PM

  Thank you so much for sharing. I have spent a lot of time in the "pit," but I know I can change this. Puppies and rainbows would be awesome, but I'll be happy with the middle ground.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 10/21/2013 9:16AM

    Love this! Soooo true. I've been through these phases many, many times.

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THESHELBSTER 10/16/2013 9:16PM

    Great blog, as usual. All so true.

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MOTOMOM226 10/15/2013 2:52PM

    I was LOL as I read this! Very well written and oh so true! :)

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SUNNYWBL 10/14/2013 11:38PM

    emoticon I can certainly relate to all three of the phases!

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EBONYSOL 10/13/2013 9:15PM

    Brilliant. From one who is climbing out of the pit of despair. Thanks for sharing; it is a blog that I will be saving as one of my supports!

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LAYDEJ 10/13/2013 2:41PM

    I needed to hear this today! thank you... emoticon emoticon

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HAPYGIRL01 10/13/2013 10:52AM

    This is a great post!! So often, I know I fall into the perfection or all-or-nothing type of attitude. I'm going to shoot for the middle ground? emoticon

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SASSYTHING52 10/13/2013 12:24AM

    thanks for sharing

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GEORGE815 10/12/2013 1:25PM

    Have more good days than bad ones.

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SBARGANZ 10/12/2013 12:51PM

    I love that skinny/busted can of biscuits meme! :) Thanks for sharing!

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KIM22211 10/12/2013 3:53AM

    yep. that about nails it

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WILDFLOWERMA 10/11/2013 9:32PM

    Great wisdom here!

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    Pretty creative!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 10/11/2013 8:06AM

    LOVE this, and so very true. Thank you so much for sharing, and you have a wit about your writing!! Way to go.

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RAINDROP16 10/10/2013 11:47PM

    Thank you for sharing this it really helped me understand everything better! emoticon

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BIGSOFTY5 10/10/2013 10:28PM

  Thank you for this blog it has encouraged me.

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CHUBBY_MOM 10/10/2013 8:43PM

    Oh soooo true!

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GRACILU 10/10/2013 6:16PM

    emoticon Thank you! This is a great motivator!

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NANFITGRAN 10/10/2013 3:39PM

    Loved your blog, your humor, and your emoticons! The writing is oh so VERY true for me! Keep on keepin' on! emoticon

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DIANNEMT 10/10/2013 3:34PM

    I hang on to the middle ground--prefer it to the highs and lows.

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FIRECOM 10/10/2013 2:18PM

    Not only informative, but very well written with a good blend of humor and data. Loved it.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/10/2013 2:13PM

    What a fantastic blog! You are amazing! emoticon

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MRSRIGS1 10/10/2013 12:05PM

    WOW, this was an inspiring blog for me today!! Thank you! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKBJOK 10/10/2013 11:41AM

    Very true. Thank you!

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VERO24AVALOS 10/10/2013 11:21AM

    emoticon Thank you for posting. I love the way you put everything in perspective. Right now, I think I'm in the middle and I've been feeling a little down but this is a great reminder to keep pushing. Thanks!!!

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EFFECT25 10/10/2013 11:14AM

    One of the best blogs I have read so far!

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    so true


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RENEETC1 10/10/2013 10:31AM

    Really good blog.

Right now I wish I could be in the middle ground and the sweet spot is not within my reach. The Pit of Despair is my residence for now.

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    Good blog!

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PENOWOK 10/10/2013 7:01AM

    I know just how you feel!

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TRYINGHARD54 10/10/2013 5:46AM

    sooooooooooooooo true

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DANCINGFLAMES 10/10/2013 5:09AM

    Fantastic post, and so very true.

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WENDYANNE61 10/10/2013 4:51AM

    Thanks for the excellent description - that is exactly how this journey is, but we are survivors and we will come out the far end slimmer, fitter and more resiliant! YES!

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Dealing with Arthritis and modified October goals...

Saturday, October 05, 2013


I totally love the Spark trophies! I love all of them, I love the awards, I love Spark points, I just love it all! emoticon From the day that Spark added the additional fitness minutes awards (1500, 2000, etc) I really wanted to push it to get 2000 Fitness Minutes for the first time ever. Unfortunately, my arthritis had another plan in store for me. I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis since I was 5 years old. I have it in my knees, and during a flare up it can be pure disaster. My knee is swollen up, and it is getting uncomfortable. The good news is that in the past, with a flare up this size, I wouldn't even be able to walk it would hurt so badly. I don't know if it's the fact that I don't weigh as much (less pressure on the joints) or if it's because I do my walking and keep it moving, or if it is just taking mercy on me, but I am glad it hasn't gotten to the excruciating pain yet. I am hoping that it will be gone before it gets to that point. I was really on a roll with walking Sparky AND getting in workouts but the arthritis is just kicking my tush!

I am not going to lie, when this first happened a couple of weeks ago I started to feel helpless. If I couldn't do the plan that I set out to do (I even made a workout schedule that I was keeping up with), then what was the point? I think that is part of what made the Binge Monster attack, because he knew I was feeling weak. It's like he can smell the weakness, and that is when he pounces. emoticon

What I have learned from this flare up is that you need to have a back up plan. Instead of using it as an excuse to do nothing more than walking, I could easily bump up the strength training. The hula hooping (standing in place) would also be some great cardio with no impact on the knees. I was also reminded of the most OBVIOUS thing... if your exercise/cardio has to slow down, you really need to focus that much more on your food! Obviously I took the wrong turn and started comforting myself with food, and that is always DISASTER!

So my goals for October are a little bit modified, but I think they are more attainable and realistic. Let's hope this inflammation doesn't stick around too long, because I'm already over it. emoticon

emoticon Walk everyday! This is typically a given for me, but with the arthritis this is the most important thing I can do for myself. emoticon

emoticon Walk Sparky while on vacation in Vegas. Last time we didn't get in any walks because it was 100 degrees all the way past midnight... but this time there are no excuses. emoticon

emoticon Going for 1500 fitness minutes. It's not the 2,000 I have my eye on, but it is something I think I can achieve this month. emoticon

emoticon Focus on strength training because it's important and because it doesn't involve my knee. emoticon

emoticon Beware of the Binge Monster! I feel like he is far enough away, but somehow I feel like he is still lurking! If he does pop up I will do my very best to fight him.

emoticon Be happy! I am generally a pretty happy person, especially lately, but I have a tendency to focus on the negatives and psych myself out, so I'm going to focus on the positives.

emoticon To trust myself! My brother mentioned I am always second guessing myself about EVERYTHING, especially weight loss! I didn't lose 80 pounds on accident, so my goal is to trust myself and trust in my abilities to lose this weight.

emoticon To not compare myself to anyone else! Yes, you'd think after over 18 months I would know not do to this, but I am always wondering if someone else's plan is something I should be doing. I'm done doing that. I have to remember I know what works for me, and my journey is my own and no one else's. I've always known that but I need the reminder this month.

emoticon Bust into the 180's!

October is my favorite month, I love fall, pumpkins, Halloween, I love it all. So let's hope I can report back at the end of the month with a happy report and maybe even some weight lost! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I hope you will join me in having a fabulous October! emoticon

  
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THESHELBSTER 10/16/2013 9:20PM

    Great plan. You are gonna rock October! You already are!

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RECREATING_ME 10/16/2013 4:18PM

    I'm so sorry you have had this flare-up :( But that is great that you learned something from it and devised a backup plan. Hope you are feeling better!

I definitely tend to let myself linger in the doldrums when life doesn't go as I had hoped, so this is something that I, too, need to implement in my life.

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KLONG8 10/14/2013 7:34PM

    You are one formidable woman! You're so right...have a backup plan for those times when a curve ball is thrown your way. Yours sounds strong. Keep up the amazing work!

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FUNLOVEN 10/14/2013 10:14AM

    I loved this blog! I don't have RA, but I do have arthritis in my hips and I too was very disappointed and thrown off a schedule that I had finally figured out when my P.T. said "no more weight bearing activity that will effect my hips" "no more pushing yours to walk". I was so down last week I didn't do anything!

I have read it all in SP about being on your own journey, but I too am still comparing myself to others. I can't tell you how many other fitness plans that other Spark people post I have copied and pasted into my own documents.

I am always appreciative when I come across a blog that throws me back into reality so I can focus on my plan. emoticon

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CHICAT63 10/9/2013 4:54AM

    My deaar friend I am always amazed by your perseverance every time I read your blogs ! You are an inspiration to us all, and please rest up and enjoy yourself! emoticon emoticon

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SIMONEKP 10/8/2013 11:21AM

    Great fall back plan. My dad suffers from RA and I know it can be excruciating.

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DEBSZOO74 10/6/2013 7:31PM

    I'm sorry that your knee is swollen up and causing you pain. You have such a great attitude and have set some great goals for October. I will look forward to seeing your results at the end of the month! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JACOBSBELOVED 10/6/2013 3:20PM

    I have no idea how it feels to have so much pain like you do, but you seem to be able to have a good attitude and plan to help you deal with it! I think being prepared is sooo important as we try and get healthier. I feel like we can't be caught off guard because that's when things start to slip. You seem prepared and ready to deal with whatever is coming your way and I think that's what's been helping you get this far.

I'm so excited to see how you do this month! October is definitely my favorite month as well, so let's make it better by accomplishing our goals!

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GEORGE815 10/6/2013 1:06PM

    Goals are great setting and meeting. Doing sometimes is hard and no fun!

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WEBEZE 10/6/2013 2:38AM

    Great Goals for October. I love fall, not too hot, not too cold. My favorite time of year. I find the more I can move when my arthritis flairs the less it hurts. Even walking is better than nothing. When I was younger I had a mini trampoline that I used for aerobics and jogging in place. It was kinder to my joints than the hard floor and I was able to stick to exercising even when my arthritis was killing my hips. (I have had arthritis since I was 11, but in my hips instead of my knees). Also the mini trampoline wasn't very expensive to get and I could lean it up against the wall in my bedroom when I wasn't using it. They can be found at most sporting goods stores. Because I am short, 5'2" I could even do jumping jacks on it. See if you can find a store that has them on display so you can see if it will work for you. I had an aerobics video tape and could do the entire workout on the trampoline with only having to modify a few of the exercises.
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SKINNIESOMEDAY 10/5/2013 8:43PM

    wow sorry you having trouble with the knees but glad you figured out a back up plan ! !


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Hang tough and you will be there before you know it !

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TOKIEMOON 10/5/2013 6:16PM

    Steph, so sorry your knee is continuing to be such a pain (literally). Keep focusing on what you CAN do, as you've posted . emoticon emoticon Denise

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ROZZIEOZZIE 10/5/2013 6:16PM

    Sounds like you have yourself a realistic, do-able plan to me! You know where the problems are, you know what your strengths are, all you need to do is put your plan in action. And you can do this - you've already lost 80 pounds! You can do it!
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FELINEBETTER 10/5/2013 2:23PM

    Steph- Knee - you never cease to amaze me! emoticon I always enjoy reading your blog, and this was yet another that I can relate to easily. My arthritis has been flaring too, but I can still recognize that the flare isn't as near as bad as when I was heavier, not moving much, and eating a less than healthy diet! I believe the changes in all those things have had to helped in our mobility as well as our body's ability to cope with the arthritis.

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 10/5/2013 12:51PM

    Oh how your blog spoke to me. I have been thinking about increasing my exercise minutes to get to 2000 and although I felt excited about the possibility, part of me just wanted to sit on the couch reading trashy novels and drinking coffee. Also the Binge Monster emoticon has been visiting me too. So I am taking your advice and planning to continue on my regular path and maybe try to increase a little this month. November is going to be harder because of the family and holiday events and I don't even want to think about December. So staying with the current plan is comfortable.

I am so sorry about your arthritis. My husband has had problems all his life but as he hit his 60's it really roared to life. The mental part is very willing but the physical pain just stops him. Your blog talks about the strategies you use to keep moving and I really understand how important that is. I hope that you have a great weekend and thank you for sharing

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SLIMMINGSHAY 10/5/2013 12:21PM

    Way to be and find some positives even through the rough patch. Sorry to hear your arthritis is literally causing a pain. Modifying goals are ok, just means you can work past them and in the direction of the original without overdoing yourself.

Keep up up! You're doing amazing!

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ADF1981 10/5/2013 9:58AM

    Sorry about the Arthritis flare up. Sounds like you have a plan! You have some great goals for this month. I would take KATESQUEST suggestion on foods related to inflammation. Maybe try walking slower or less on bad days. Remember something is better than nothing!

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MOLLIEJEAN2 10/5/2013 8:48AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon , just remember take one day at a time and do what you can.

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NJSHAR 10/5/2013 8:39AM

    Good positive thinking! Better to have achievable goals that you can be proud of of, than lofty goals that discourage you.
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COCK-ROBIN 10/5/2013 8:03AM

    I hope it gets better for you.

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KATESQUEST 10/5/2013 7:37AM

    I'm sorry you are hurting! Unfortunately, when we start comforting ourselves with food, there can be a vicious circle begin. Many of the foods we eat as "comfort foods" have inflammatory properties which can make the pain worse, then we need more comfort, etc. I've been reading more lately about anti-inflammatory foods, because chronic inflammation is being implicated in more and more health issues--not only arthritis, but cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and many other chronic diseases. I think I may write a blog post about what I've learned so far. I hope you find what helps soon and congrats on finding ways to achieve those fitness minutes!

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ZELLAZM 10/5/2013 7:06AM

    emoticon for finding good workarounds during this flare-up. I'm glad I read this today...have been battling plantar fasciitis for several months now, but am resisting the temptation to make it an excuse. It is what it is and I want to find creative ways to deal with it while I heal.

Have a super weekend...and vacation!
Michelle

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Is going to follow a good friends motto, "Just for today..."

Thursday, October 03, 2013

My super awesome Spark Friend (Tammy/Mamachambs) and leader of my BLC team the Sassy Shamrock Sheriff's emoticon has a motto, "just for today". When we think about all the weight we have to lose, or how we have to keep this up as a lifestyle (aka FOREVER) it can be so overwhelming and make it hard for us to get the job done on a daily basis.

But what she has taught me is that I have to do it "just for today". That's all I have to think about. I don't have to worry about tomorrow or next week, I just have to worry about today. Then when tomorrow comes, I will do it again, just for today. This week I am going to get back to basics, get my eating back under control, and remember that no matter how hard it is, it's okay, because it's "just for today!" Thank you so much Tammy for this motto that I am going to be focusing on this week! emoticon emoticon

  
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LSPIZZA 10/9/2013 1:14PM

    Whenever i thin this way i do the best. One day at a time. Life sometimes is so overwhelming that it needs to be one hour at a time - my boss. a wonderful soul, reminds me of that sometimes - but one day at a time is all you need to deal with. I get so overwhelemed sometimes - and then I fall bac to this mantra - today, just for today, one day at a time. emoticon emoticon

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DREAMSEEKER9 10/7/2013 9:13PM

    My therapist keeps telling me the same thing. Take it one day at a time. Live in the present. I'm hoping it sinks in soon! emoticon

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MAMACHAMBS 10/5/2013 10:10PM

    Love you girl!! And not just for today! emoticon

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NORMAINIRELAND 10/5/2013 6:30PM

    Great motto! I must remember that!!

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MAJORLIE 10/5/2013 5:56PM

    It is the very same thing that I am trying to teach myself. As long as I don't give up I just take one day at a time. Sure can't do better then that. Keep up the good work Steph-knee emoticon

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WALNUTT1961 10/5/2013 3:14PM

    Great blog! emoticon

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SUZIPAM1 10/5/2013 1:46PM

    so true - in fact just for the hour sometimes

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MRSRIGS1 10/5/2013 1:35PM

    Great advice....one day at a time.

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ISPARKLE77 10/5/2013 11:34AM

    emoticon totally. Today emoticon.

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FIRECOM 10/5/2013 11:29AM

    I really like this philosophy. If it works, DO IT.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 10/5/2013 11:19AM

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KKLENNERT809 10/5/2013 11:17AM

    That is the winning formula for success!! Be good to yourself

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FULLOFFAITH 10/5/2013 11:04AM

    Love it just what I needed to hear..... emoticon

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JAE_HENNINGTON1 10/5/2013 9:05AM

  good advice, not always easy to do

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BRASKIN 10/5/2013 8:33AM

  definitely worth a shot!

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LOWCARBRENEE 10/5/2013 7:07AM

    Very true

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ROCKYCPA 10/4/2013 11:15PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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CICELY360 10/4/2013 11:00PM

  Good blog

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JAMER123 10/4/2013 10:51PM

    That has been my motto for a long time! Just for today!!
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TIRED49 10/4/2013 9:25PM

    That is some advice I can use. Sometimes I dwell too much on yesterday's failures. Hanks for sharing

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DIANNEMT 10/4/2013 7:06PM

    Very smart lady!! Cause one day is all we can really control!

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JSEATTLE 10/4/2013 6:58PM

  I love this concept of Just For Today. Yay!

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CHARTHESTAR 10/4/2013 5:56PM

    great way to look at
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CHERYLHURT 10/4/2013 4:44PM

  Great advice, thanks!

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MARYJEANSL 10/4/2013 4:03PM

  Definitely a good motto!

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NONNAOF2 10/4/2013 3:43PM

  One step at a time and one day at a time, how right you are! :-)

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