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Know When You're Kidding Yourself!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013



The most important thing for me in my weight loss journey isn't about what foods I do and do not eat, it's not about how much exercise I get in... it's not even about that willpower thing everyone always fusses about... nope! What is the most important to me is being honest with myself and being aware of when things aren't going so well.

You see, I didn't get up 272 pounds without some ignorance... because you know, ignorance is bliss right? I couldn't possibly be "that big" right? When I would see a picture of myself I would always be shocked... well maybe it's just a bad angle right? Well of course that is so wrong, but when you have put on that much weight and are overwhelmed, sometimes you just bury your head in the sand and you let it go.

I even lost 40 pounds 3 or 4 times, only to gain it back. This happened by lying to myself. "Oh it's okay, you ONLY gained 10 pounds back, you will be okay." Each time I proceeded to gain back the entire 40 and it brought friends too!

I found myself slipping into this when I had my 6-awful-eat-whatever-you-want-weeks a few months back. I kept lying to myself and trying to trick myself and build up that beautiful ignorance bubble again. I kept telling myself "You aren't giving up"... when all I was doing was eating like my 272 pound self and not exercising... but I kept insisting that I was still trying... even though I wasn't! I kept telling myself "You aren't going to gain the weight back, you got this." But I kept doing all the habits that got me to my highest weight! The first 5 pounds came on and I kept saying to myself and my mother "It's ONLY 5 pounds, it will come right back off!" Well okay, that's true, it WILL indeed come back off, IF you do the WORK. I seemed to forget that detail as it spiraled into 10 pounds. I told my mom "it's only 10 pounds, it'll come back off" and she ever so politely said "yeah that's what you keep saying." At that exact moment it didn't register, not until the 10 pounds became 11 and something inside me snapped. 11 pounds could easily turn into 40. Not in a matter of days, but over a few months I could be back to square one. That is when I realized I was kidding myself. Saying that I wasn't giving up and saying that I wasn't going to gain the weight back didn't do anything for my waistline or the scale. Excuses don't burn calories unfortunately... and I was just spiraling out of control.

I got that under control, lost that 11 pounds and moved forward. Until Halloween. I have been struggling since Halloween... each day I get up and declare "This day is going to be a good day!" Sometimes it was, I have had good days here and there, but some days ended with me crashing and burning. I found myself trying to build up that ignorance bubble again!



The excuses were flying all over! "The holidays are coming up, they are rough for everyone!" "It's totally normal to gain weight during the holidays, you won't be the only one!" "Maybe you can just worry about maintaining and start losing again at the beginning of the year!" The list went on and on. I kept eating like I did before I started this journey and was trying to find a way to justify it. But finally that little bubble popped and I remembered it is not okay. It is okay if I want to gain back my 80 pounds and reach an all time high weight... but it is not okay for the new healthy body that I want to have!

I took a long hard look at some of my "before" pics. Sometimes, when you have a lot of weight to lose... you still feel fat even though you've lost a lot of weight. Around 190ish is where I stand right now, and I am by no means small... but I am also nowhere near how I was at 272 pounds. It's the craziest thing because some days I feel small... and other days I feel like I have so far to go and I haven't made much progress. Allowing myself to take a long hard look at those pictures really helped snap me out of it. Not only was I much larger, you could tell I was physically uncomfortable and I often looked unhappy even though I was with great friends at the time. I may not have been an unhappy person, but I was never a happy person when the camera was out... and that is a sad thing. I don't wish for those days to come back, which means I can't live my life that way. So the ignorance bubble is popped, holiday time is not an excuse to eat everything and pack on the pounds, and I am dusting myself off and moving forward. I start off each day with the best intentions, some days I win, and some days I lose, but as long as I keep trying, and keep being honest with myself, I will get through this. emoticon

  
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BANNERMAN 6/18/2014 12:11AM

  Thanks for sharing.

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CATNCAG 5/2/2014 5:06PM

    emoticon Very inspirational! It's funny when I see pictures of myself I too think, "Am I really that big?" emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LORIVIOLA 4/7/2014 8:46AM

    thanks for the great blog
i have put on a few pounds— i need to go pop my ignorance bubble too!

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GRAMPIAN 1/22/2014 4:17PM

  Good luck! emoticon

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LETHANIA 12/4/2013 11:41PM

    I GOTTA TELL YOU unagi made my day! LOL

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MRSRIGS1 12/2/2013 6:29PM

    I have been there....lying to myself. Thank you for sharing and I'm rooting for you! emoticon

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JAIMESIZED 12/1/2013 10:50PM

    I absolutely fell in love with this blog because you reminded me of myself. I also have recently popped the ignorance bubble. So proud of you! :)

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G33K10V3 11/18/2013 8:56AM

    I am rooting for you BIG TIME over here!! I totally understand everything you have written especially the part about still feeling big after I've lost almost 80 pounds now and it is because I AM still big!! emoticon
Just woooosaaaaah and every little decision you make that is a good decision will all add up and you KNOW you can do it!!!
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JOANNHUNT 11/17/2013 9:22PM

    AWESOME BLOG. IT IS GREAT THAT YOU REALIZED BEFORE YOU WERE TOO FAR OUT OF CONTROL AND HAD A LONG WAY TO GET BACK TO HEALTHY. CONGRATULATIONS. KEEP PUSHING AND ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY.



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BABYSTEPS123 11/17/2013 12:51PM

    Thank goodness for popping bubbles and renewed and clear perspective! Hang in there! You can get back on even footing as you make those good choices! Rooting for you!

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FRABBIT 11/16/2013 11:39PM

  Great blog! Keep up the good work.

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 11/16/2013 11:20AM

    Boy have I been there - in the ignorance bubble. It can be challenging, difficult and even painful to pop it, but it's 100% worth it.

Like you said, as long as you're honest with yourself, you can do this!

Great blog.

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TRUDIP1 11/15/2013 3:48PM

    Keep good records, not just of the weight, but of the emotional journey too. You can write a book at the end of your journey, you are good with words!

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WHITEANGEL4 11/15/2013 10:23AM

    Great, honest and to the point

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AMYSYOKO 11/15/2013 9:41AM

  thank you, I really needed to hear this, especially at this time of the year with all the holidaze coming up

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JUSGETTENBY42 11/15/2013 7:23AM

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ROXYCARIN 11/14/2013 11:27PM

  I agree

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EILEEN828 11/14/2013 10:49PM

    Being honest is not easy, in fact it can be brutal. That is it's plus and minus. The goal for the holidays is to make it a normal day. Shame on the retailers for making it a season that is full throttle at all times. ti does begin to erode your good intentions and normal habits. Try your best to shrink it back from a season to a day. It's better for your pocket book as well.

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LAURANCE 11/14/2013 9:03PM

  Oooohhhh, thank you for reminding me to be honest!
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HEALTHYSLIM2 11/14/2013 4:50PM

    Oh boy - a great blog!!! And I love your UNAGI!!
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The first step in the right direction is always clearly seeing where we are. From there, we are able to make good ("the right") choices.
Best of luck with the consistency and remember you're not alone! That this is something SO MANY (dare I say ALL of us?) struggle with, holidays or no holidays!!!!
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You've come so far, and I see more SUCCESS just around the corner from you, too!
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CHICAMIMI 11/14/2013 3:43PM

    I can totally relate to this post and the feelings that can come about when mindless behavior takes over. I think it is so great that you are aware of it and working on it -
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40PUDDLEJUMPER 11/14/2013 1:45PM

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EFFECT25 11/14/2013 1:15PM

    I am so gonna put it in my facebook profile!! hahaha

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SJKENT1 11/14/2013 12:48PM

    Popping the bubble for me too.

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HELEN_BRU 11/14/2013 12:24PM

    Wow! You have a lot of support here. I am with you 100%. It's so important not to give in and make excuses. Holidays are excuses to go off course. Just don't do it!

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DAISYBELL6 11/14/2013 12:02PM

    I am in exactly the same place you are right now! Even the numbers are the same. You have helped pop my bubble!

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THEIS58 11/14/2013 11:53AM

    Thanks

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SPARKBJOK 11/14/2013 11:45AM

    Definitely agree!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/14/2013 11:25AM

    Ah yes, the excuses we make. We overestimate our exercise and underestimate our portion size. We avoid the scale so we don't get bad news.

When we have family members who enable our excuses, it's even harder to stop making them. "You don't want to be a size 0, do you?" You're strong and healthy, your weight doesn't matter, you can CARRY it"

Why would I want to carry it? Without honesty, we can never be successful.

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LUCYTMCM 11/14/2013 10:43AM

  Thanks! I needed that.


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LUCYTMCM 11/14/2013 10:41AM

  Thanks ! I needed that !


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    emoticon emoticon who hasn't been there. Thanks for bringing
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SHANTRA7 11/14/2013 9:42AM

    I'm rooting for you.

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DNRAE1 11/14/2013 8:04AM

    Oh my, I've been in that bubble for 6 months now and have gained back the weight I lost……..aargh! Thank you so much for your blog! I needed a good look at reality, so thank you again.

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AGIGS22 11/14/2013 7:36AM

    thank you for sharing this and for the reminder that we're all human, not perfect, and that this is a journey that requires honesty!

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MOXYCAT 11/14/2013 7:29AM

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HAPPYMENOW58 11/14/2013 7:23AM

    Well said! Keep going! You've got this!

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OLGA18 11/14/2013 6:53AM

  This all just rings so true for me. Thank you for sharing it!

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PENOWOK 11/14/2013 6:51AM

    We are counting on you!! You CAN get this going again!!

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My Diabolical Super Power!

Saturday, November 09, 2013


The time has come for me to reveal to all of you my Super Power! emoticon The thing of it is, my power is used for evil, and not good! That is why I haven't shared it with you guys in the past... it is not something that I am proud of, that is for sure. Without further ado... I have this power, where once I set my mind on something I want to binge on, I have laser sharp focus on it until the binge occurs. emoticon

So we all know I have gone round and round with Binge Monster, often losing to him... and my super power definitely benefits that mean ol monster! I figured out I had this power about 2 years ago. You see, prior to that I never really fought the urge to binge. I wanted Tommy's, or a bag of chips? Done. But once I started to control my weight I could no longer accept these urges as normal behavior, and I had to put more effort into fighting them. The thing of it is, I can fight it, to a point. I have postponed these urges as much as 2 weeks, but it never fully leaves my mind.

More recently I have even found myself just accepting these things, without even realizing it. I start thinking to myself "No you don't need Del Taco, just get over it and move on." But then the super power kicks in and I find myself saying "You know that it's in your head, you know it's only a matter of time until you give in... why postpone the inevitable? Just go ahead, get your Del Taco... because if you don't today it'll just be tomorrow, so why wait?"

Can you tell I just finished my Del Taco? The bigger slap in the face is that I decided last night I would do a 1400 calorie (or less) streak from today til Thanksgiving. I started out the day strong and then I threw it all away by going through the Del Taco drive thru. I have been going through these ups and downs for the past 2 weeks or so. A good day here and there, 2 bad days, another good day... but I can't get a streak of good days under my belt. The good news is I am still here, and I am still fighting. If I wasn't still fighting it would have been 2 weeks of nothing but eating non stop and hanging out on the couch. Sparky got his walk today, I am drinking my water, but my calories are so big they need their own zip code!


So what am I going to do about this super power? I don't think it is something I can simply shut down... I believe it is just too powerful. But I have decided I need to harness this energy into something GOOD instead of evil. I focus on the specific food I was craving until I finally have the sweet (and bitter) release of having said food... so what I need to do is use that laser sharp focus to eat well, to complete an exercise program, to do something POSITIVE for myself and my weight loss journey.

I haven't exactly fine tuned my plan yet, and am not 100% sure how to proceed. For example: I took Sparky for a walk before I went to Del Taco, in an attempt to clear my head and all I kept doing was thinking about what I would order when I got there after the walk. I told myself 3 times not to go, and my response to myself was always "If you don't do it today, you'll do it tomorrow, so just get it over with." Maybe when the urge pops up for said food I will have an activity to go along with it. My urges are almost always fast food related (yeah, I have issues LOL), so I could make a list of my top 5 fast food places and I could attach an exercise to each of those places. And not just something simple I already do, but something that is really going to push me out of my comfort zone and make me work. And each day that I really feel myself fighting the urge, I will do the exercise. Since these urges can last 2 weeks maybe I need 2 activities for each place. I will work on that tonight.

All I know is, right now, at this very moment, this super power is the cause of many of my bumps in the road. If I can find a way to use my powers for good instead of evil, I think it could be my biggest asset moving forward in my weight loss journey.

Do you have any super powers? (Good or evil)

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Goal Weight: 179

Edit: I just wanted to say this isn't something that I deal with on a daily basis. It is something that can happen once or twice in a month, or can be gone for 3 or 4 months at a time. I tried to share it in a "fun" type of way... mainly for accountability but blogging it out actually helped me to start coming up with an action plan for those instances where this does come up, so I'm glad I did share. :)

  
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LORIVIOLA 4/6/2014 3:17PM

    emoticon good idea!

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  Your plan sounds good: hope it works. emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 12/14/2013 10:03PM

    Love the blog. Keep going

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MRSRIGS1 11/27/2013 4:32PM

    Thank you for sharing! This shows you are human and like all of us, struggle from time to time. Keep in mind, you CAN beat this!

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JOANNHUNT 11/16/2013 3:15PM

    I HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR. MY BINGE STARTS WITH STRESS. WE CAN BEAT THIS IF WE SET OUR MINDS TO IT. ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY.



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BABARR67 11/12/2013 1:04PM

    Yes! I see my weight creeping. I started at 284, my lowest was 153 (for about a minute) and I've been maintaining between 160 and 170 for almost 2 years. But this past month or so I've been over 170. I want to be under 167 and stay there. I have jeans that fit me there. I like those jeans! I can't seem to get the hang of consistency, which every single weight loss book, blog, workshop etc tells us is key to maintenance. Like you... I plan to keep trying. Today I am excited to see a plastic surgeon to investigate the possiblilty of removing excess skin and firming. I wanted to be in my range when I went and was working very hard at it. I got stuck at 173, then over the weekend I ate with abandon-- my excuse-- that we had the kids for the weekend... Lack of sleep combined with baking cookes= guaranteed eating of the cookies for me. Today I found myself at 178 again. 5 lbs in 3 days... I am doing what I probably shouldnt and attempting to reset by doing a tea fast today until dinner, then having a nice, green salad with some shrimp or beef in it. I am setting myself up for success this week. Next... consistency with exercise... I don't even want to go there... literally. It's cold outside... I am going to start bringing my gym bag to work and going right after. Thursday. Because hey, today I have the surgical appt, tomorrow I have a hair appt... Not that I won't exercise... I just wont do it right after work...

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JANETRW50 11/12/2013 10:23AM

    For me, having no Oreos is easier than having 1. Having 1 is impossible. When I have 10, I feel physically awful. I can feel my blood sugar racing. Now, I concentrate now on associating the awful feeling with the Oreo's in general. I am just picking Oreo's as an example but in general this technique works for me.

This same method helped me quit smoking after many failed tries. The first few times I quit, even when I quit for many many months, I still desired a cigarette. This last time something changed in me and I began to associate a cigarette with a bad feeling. I can honestly say the idea of a cigarette repulses me.

Besides the guilt, what do you feel physically after chowing down on fast food. Compare that feeling to how you feel when you have a well balanced healthy meal. Concentrate on the difference, the physical feeling. I think the more you try and listen to your body, the louder the difference between the two will become.

I still have food issues. Mainly I am often hungry when there is no really good reason to feel that way. I just opt for a handful of grapes or some other piece of fruit. One can still overeat even healthy food and I do struggle with portion control but I am trying to "train" myself by tracking food and generally being more disciplined about portions.

Hang in there, you have already accomplished so much!


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MOVEITMARY 11/11/2013 11:53PM

    I think instead of a superpower, I will call my vice my Kryptonite. My Kryptonite is Self Sabotage. It turns up in many areas of my life, not just food.

The superpower I want is to Believe In Myself.

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JRRING 11/11/2013 8:45AM

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BEANIES_MOM 11/11/2013 6:41AM

    When I get the urge to binge, I try to ignore it but like you it seems to stay with me until I actually have what it is that I want to binge on... The frequency has lessened which I am glad, but the severity of a binge for me is just as bad as it always has been. You are a strong woman, and I know you will come up with a great plan to tame that super power of yours. emoticon

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    It's doable for you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 11/10/2013 9:07PM

    Keep pushing - you can do it!

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You are an inspiration!

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DIANNEMT 11/10/2013 6:02PM

    You are doing super to just be THINKING about how to beat it! You will!!

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JSEATTLE 11/10/2013 5:59PM

  I totally know how you feel and yes, I have both good and evil super powers! What a struggle some days, and then there are those days and weeks when you are just flying so high!

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NEWTINK 11/10/2013 4:55PM

    I know from experience that you are going to have to retrain your brain. For me it is fitness . when i started out any time i wanted to binge eat or emotional eat I just walked and walked . I didnt even realized right away that i had changed until a real bad issue came up and put down my plate and walked out the door. at two miles that day and still walking I realized that i felt better and it happened without food. I wish you well and hope you can harness your super power .

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MARYJEANSL 11/10/2013 4:41PM

  I don't know about a superpower, but I surely can relate to bingeing. Would it be a possibility to sort of give in to the binge, but not to go all out...getting, say, a cheeseburger instead of a Big Mac at Mickey D's? It is super hard to resist a binge for sure. I think your exercise idea is a good one...may try that myself. Good luck reaching your goal!

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/10/2013 4:02PM

  Your blog was rather interesting.

I would guess that their probably article On Spark that would be helpful about bindges. I know several of the coaches here have delt witht his personally or with clients.

I think that sometimes after eating that much, sometimes one would feel lousy. I recall one Christmas when I was given a bunch of candy at work. One was a huge kiss candy. It looked as big as a mug. I kept tearing off a piece and going back and back and back.


Later I felt crummy, not just overdosing on calories.

Another time I purchased a 75 percent dark chocolate bar, and would eat one or two sqaures. It was so intense and favorful; It was more saisfying.

These fast food places are also appealing because you can get a pile of loaded burritos for cheap.

We have a place here called burrito factory, that have several meal sized selections, but even with black beans, some rice, some cheese, sauce, have way better flavor. I think they are better quality and you can do them custom.

I hope you discover helpful tecniques for you. It would be so great if you'd get to be coached or chatted with someone who have worked through this.

We are rooting for you. Good for you blogging and sharing. emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 11/10/2013 3:47PM

  Your plan sounds workable and I wish you the emoticon

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SCRAPBECCA 11/10/2013 3:43PM

    I totally relate and totally needed to read this today! Thank you for having the courage and taking the time to post it!

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SIMONEKP 11/10/2013 3:41PM

    we all have to find a way to deal with obstacles and it sounds like you're working on your strategy.

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NONNAOF2 11/10/2013 1:37PM

  We all have cravings at one point, just don't overdo if you need to give in and try not to do it too often. Look for alternatives that are healthier for you that can sstisfy that craving. Sometimes we deprive ourselves for so long, it is easy to give in and then trouble begins. You're doing a good job of understanding yourself! :-)

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CICELY360 11/10/2013 9:36AM

  Good blog

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IDICEM 11/10/2013 9:16AM

  Glad blogging about your evil super power helped you plan against it! Thanks for sharing.

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JIBBIE49 11/10/2013 9:10AM

    Hugs

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MIMIDOT 11/10/2013 8:37AM

    Hope you have this monster under control. You can do it! Just try putting it off a few hours, or days. Think, "I can wait a little longer." Your plan sounds good. Good Luck!

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TRYINGHARD54 11/10/2013 8:25AM

    this is so me... I went 16 days doing great. Then went on a binging spree for 10 days... emoticon I keep asking myself why ? I don't understand... but emoticon just need to emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 11/10/2013 8:23AM

    great blog thanks for sharing
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TREV1964 11/10/2013 7:55AM

    Instead of having an exact weight goal - does having a weight region improve things at all. I personally find that this takes some pressure off the way we set things for ourselves and helps.

The other thing I do to fight binges is to take food out of the packet onto a plate and once I have put the food there take it into another room away from the kitchen then I can only binge at what is on the plate.

The problem with binge eating is that it is eating out of control. If you put the stuff on a plate you have measured it and therefore you still have full control of the situation.

I also make a point of avoiding all fast food establishments. Over here in the UK we tend to eat out at establishments where the calorie content is displayed on the menu and as for the all you can eat restaurants - I avoid them with a bargepole.

I hope this helps out a little.

Cheers

Trev

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PENOWOK 11/10/2013 7:28AM

    I think you are on track when you tell yourself "not today." I have been able to put off many thing that way. Then if I really need to feed that binge monster, I can maybe share it a different day. It's fabulous that ti doesn't happen all that often!

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WATERDIAMONDS 11/10/2013 7:28AM

    I like your idea of attaching a different exercise to the urges. Get creative with this--Want X? Then do Y. Want A? Then do B.

This could be a fun activity--and you might just wear yourself out enough to get over the craving hump.

One day, one hour, one minute, one bite and one step at a time, right?

Best of success to you.

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CHERYLHURT 11/10/2013 7:16AM

  You are an inspiration!

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THEBEV2 11/10/2013 7:07AM

    I'm just wondering if there will ever come a day that I don't think constantly about food, whether it's good healthy fare or junk. It doesn't matter if I'm hungry or not, I'm always thinking about what I can eat next. It's driving me crazy and I know it's not a healthy obsession.

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JOYCRN 11/10/2013 7:07AM

    I live out in the sticks so fast food isn't an option and I try to limit what I have available in the house so if I go on a feeding frenzy at least it is pretty healthy food (though cheese, nuts and peanut butter calories add up pretty fast). I have found since I started using the Sparkpeople program that adds calorie lee way when you exercise has really helped me not get so HUNGRY! emoticon emoticon I am glad you are working on figuring out what works for you, because it needs to work for life! emoticon

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JACOBSBELOVED 11/10/2013 2:18AM

    I hear that: every time I get something in my head, it never really leaves. I can think about potato chips and never have them for a few weeks, but then I eventually cave and I'll try to find the smallest size possible and fit it into my day. I hate obsessing over food.

No reason for you to bring up a problem in a blog and not still make it fun. You know you're taking it serious and it's a better way for you to get some accountability. Nicely done. :)

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SHERRYBETH84 11/9/2013 10:46PM

    I have that same power! We must be from the same planet!


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BOOERDEM 11/9/2013 10:27PM

    I loved what you said at the end - how blogging about this helped make you accountable & also helped you start to figure out an action plan - way to go!! I'm finding the same thing with this blog challenge, it has really made me think more seriously about setting some goals & making a plan to work towards them.
Those pictures you posted in your blog are awesome - I'm still smiling!!!
Thanks & keep on!!

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MOTHEPRO 11/9/2013 8:20PM

    You're a Super Hero! You can fit off the evil binge monster! emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMINGSHAY 11/9/2013 8:16PM

    Not sure if it's an option but could you maybe plan for a day a week that you get to have one of your fave fast food places and include it in your calories?

not deprivation right?!

Good luck!

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KITTYCAT64 11/9/2013 8:02PM

    Funny way to get in touch with the evil super power, BINGE. I have the same power. My two are ice cream, and greek yogurt. If they are in my house I will eat away until it is gone, letting nothing get in the way.

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MARYBETH4884 11/9/2013 7:28PM

    you just need to crave healthy stuff! You can do this one day at a time! emoticon emoticon

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JENRAQTAY87 11/9/2013 6:30PM

    I admire you for continuing to hold yourself accountable. In life, showing up is 90% of the battle and you always show up emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/9/2013 6:17PM

    If tacos are a favored food, look up healthy taco recipes. Get the ingredients. Make it for yourself. It is NOT about depriving yourself. It's about finding healthier alternatives.

Having said that, I understand that when you're in the mindset, it is beyond hard to be rational! I decided I had to make up a code word to say to myself that was so funny to me, that I would get sidetracked thinking about the absurdity! Think about using humor.

HUGS and really, know you're surely not alone and we're here for you. So glad you blogged, because that's a healthy release!

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Reality Check: Doing This For Myself & My Sparky!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013



After 5 whole days of eating insane amounts of food emoticon , and having the worlds worst tummy ache, I had to give myself a huge reality check today! Who am I doing this for, and why am I doing this? If you had asked me 19 months ago why I was starting this weight loss journey...the answer would have been pretty basic. To not feel like such a beached whale, who had trouble rolling over in bed, and to LOOK better and wear smaller clothes. Are those the best reasons? Between you and me, I don't think they were very good reasons, but I don't think they are awful reasons purely based on the fact that it got me moving and has gotten me to where I am today. We all want to look and feel better, but this weight loss journey is so much more than just smaller, cuter clothes. emoticon

As my journey went forward, my goals changed. Did I still want to lose weight, get into smaller sizes, see better numbers on the scale? Of course I did. But I also wanted things that were different than I originally planned. I wanted: To find my confidence again, I wanted to lower my borderline A1C (which I did and am now in a completely normal range), to be able to walk far without getting winded or working up a sweat, and to be healthy!

When I first started, health was not something I thought about, I am the first to admit that! But as time went on, this journey stopped being so much about weight and more about becoming the person I want to be. Are a lot of my blogs focused on the weight aspect? Absolutely, this is a WEIGHT loss site after all. emoticon But there is so much more to our lives and our journey than just our weight. I don't think I am changing the person I am so much as uncovering the girl that was always there. There was always a happy and confident girl underneath all the fat, it just got pushed down farther and farther with each pound I gained... and that is my fault for allowing that to happen. Happiness and confidence should have nothing to do with weight, but at the time I didn't realize that... but I sure know now!

So after these 5 insane eating days, I am taking back control. I have been eating like my 272-pound-self, and being in denial about it. I kept SAYING that I wasn't going to gain my weight back and that I wasn't going to go back to that old lifestyle... but my ACTIONS were proving otherwise. Not only that, but my stomach has hurt so badly, and for once I thought about what I was doing to my poor body. Why would I abuse my body like that? I ate all this food and moved on with my day, but my poor body is still struggling to process all of that food... why would I intentionally put my body through such stress?

And of course my poor little Sparky. emoticon I did not take him for a walk last night... this is only the 2nd walk I've missed since I got him at the end of January. He was so sad and I felt so bad that I did not take him for his nightly walk. My tummy hurt so bad and I had such an awful headache from what I put my body through that I physically could not take him. I know some will say he is "just a dog", but in some ways he is like my child, and I feel like I let him down. Why should he be punished because of my bad food choices? So next time the Binge Monster comes knocking on my door, I need to look at the entire picture, not just the delicious food he brought with him. I need to think about the fact that Sparky is counting on me, and that my body is counting on me too... my body did not ask to be put through such stress, and Sparky did not ask to miss out on his walk... So I am taking back control! I am going to have an epic gain tomorrow for weigh in, and I am going to put down whatever that dreaded number is and then I am going to move forward. I refuse to go back down the path that got me to 272 pounds, and instead I will go down the path that is going to lead me to a long and healthy life! emoticon

  
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LORIVIOLA 4/5/2014 9:16AM

    good for you! and for emoticon sparky
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  loved your post & thanks for the reminder

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MARYJEANSL 11/19/2013 1:50AM

  You'll get past this - you already have, by acknowledging what you did, and making a plan for moving ahead. Btw, I love the picture of the cat. I have felt like that myself quite a few times!

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YHINESS 11/11/2013 11:34PM

    So well said. I'm right there trying to find my motivation and rhythm again. emoticon

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REDSPIRALWOMAN 11/11/2013 12:04PM

    So one step backward ended up putting you back in touch with the emerging you, not the past you. Super! emoticon

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EJSELHORST 11/11/2013 8:16AM

    What great insight! I've been right at my goal weight for a while now, so sometimes I really let myself have a big cheat day. I always feel physically sick afterwards! Obviously, my body doesn't like the cheat days, so why would I do it?! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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JOANNHUNT 11/10/2013 2:07PM

    You came to your senses and realized you needed to get back on track and take control. That is so awesome that you went forward instead of backwards and quit. Keep pushing. You can do it. Enjoy your journey and eat healthy.

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LCRUMLEY81 11/8/2013 12:50PM

  great post and great reminder

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/8/2013 11:13AM

    It had to be something in the atmosphere last night. I did the same thing. Two ice cream cone, a package of 100 calorie cookies and then a Weight Watchers cone. I was out of snacks or I wouldn't have stopped. I was thinking of going out but I was too lazy.

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ROXYCARIN 11/8/2013 1:52AM

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TAYGRL 11/8/2013 12:30AM

    Thank you! Just what I needed to hear!

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CHARTHESTAR 11/7/2013 9:11PM

    Maybe it was the moon or something. I did the same thing and I feel terrible.

Ate healthy today. One day and then another day ...

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/7/2013 7:48PM

  It's good to want to take your cute dog out, and obviously he or she would appreciate it.


So great your getting back on track.

If I got it right ( I read all the blogs usually on the newsletter.../ you found out you lost a particular high amount and goal.

So, if you can get any insight of what made you want to binge... that may help. For example... the weather change and smelling tempting foods. Or planned to eat some chocolate or dessert, but then one went back for a bunch of helpings. Stressed out at work, overload, or something depressing or sad happening. Another thing I notice... some people do on these diets that never again will they eat cookies or chips, flour , dairy, cooked foods, whatever. They are so deprived, that they taste a little bit, and go hog wild.

There are some links here where they give a bunch of great rewards to yourself that is not food related.

Actually, some come to my page, and look at me, and think no way would she get it... That's not really true. My closest friend has been 250-500 lbs. My sister used to be obese. My brother has improved his health, and I used to work in geriactrics( not to mention I've had some spare weight at some time)

Anyhow understanding some of the above mentioned things are useful.

I also know a good amount of people that had some type of personal issues to work though that provided the frredom they needed to make some positive changes.

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WILDFLOWERMA 11/7/2013 7:08PM

    It takes courage to admit your missteps, dust yourself off and start again. I think your dog is a fantastic reason to reboot your goals!

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SUSIEMT 11/7/2013 6:05PM

    Well said!

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REALLY_ROBIN 11/7/2013 4:47PM

  Great blog....thank you for sharing!

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NONNAOF2 11/7/2013 4:22PM

  What's always nice.....tomorrow is another day and you can get back on the right path again for your own health and for your dog's, too! Good Luck, you can do it!! :-)

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TREV1964 11/7/2013 3:43PM

    The fear of the consequences is a great motivator to keep us all moving in the right direction.

A good blog dealing with subject matter we all encounter and all fear.

Cheers

Trev

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JSEATTLE 11/7/2013 2:13PM

  How great for you to break out of your rut. You will feel so much better and Sparky will feel better too!

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SIMONEKP 11/7/2013 12:27PM

    It's good that you can see the error in your ways and do something about it

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SUNFLOWERGIRL79 11/7/2013 12:14PM

    Keep your head up. Keep trying.

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MRSRIGS1 11/7/2013 12:11PM

    Fall down 5 times, pick yourself up 6! Lesson learned and now you can push forward. If that binge monster returns, have Sparky growl at him emoticon

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BESSHAILE 11/7/2013 11:36AM

    It's not the falling down that does us in
It's the NOT getting back up

You did it!

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FUNZ81 11/7/2013 11:21AM

   
emoticon It is not about how many times we fall, it is about how we get back up!!
And you are doing Awesomely! You know, Change is always scary. Keep up the good fight!

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TAMNIOWA 11/7/2013 11:05AM

    Good for you that you recognize that you can pick yourself up and get back on track. You only fail if you quit.

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WHIPPETWALKER 11/7/2013 10:53AM

  You took a small detour in your journey. We are all works in progress. Thanks for the reality check!

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JENRAQTAY87 11/7/2013 10:40AM

    You've got this! All you can do is keep moving forward!

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DJSHIP46 11/7/2013 8:58AM

    emoticon and Sparky will love you even more for it!!!

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MSFROGGIE 11/7/2013 8:56AM

    Awesome!! We grow and learn from our mistakes. As a binger myself, I found that I couldn't keep the "stuff" in my house. I went months buying only healthy food. I craved something sweet, I looked up recipes for non processed snacks. It's a lot more expensive, but healthy. And it's worked!!

One day at a time!!

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MIMIDOT 11/7/2013 8:56AM

    Great blog! We all need a reality check once in a while.

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JANEMARIE77 11/7/2013 8:35AM

    niccccce back on its all parrt of the deal way to go forward no need to look back

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SHERYLP461 11/7/2013 7:34AM

    Wow, what a great blog, we have all been there, lied to ourselves then have gone through the guilt of what have I done to ____________and myself. The fact that you can put out you best foot and continue says a lot about you . It is all good.

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MARPARMC1990 11/7/2013 7:32AM

    thanks for inspiring me to do my own reality check. i have been coasting

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Self Sabotage & Tiger Stripes

Monday, November 04, 2013


Self Sabotage:
I'm not quite sure what it is about me and hitting certain milestones, or approaching the goal weight that causes me to shoot myself in the foot. I am on this roller coaster of emotions and I want to get off! One day I am celebrating a great victory of losing 85 pounds, the next I am discussing the demise of a plan I was trying, and getting a visit from the Binge Monster. This has happened many times when I hit different milestones, whether it's an amount of weight lost, seeing an all time low weight, or getting to another clothing size. I guess there is a part of me that is truly afraid to hit my goal weight.

I'm not sure why that is, because all I've EVER wanted is to lose this weight! I have been overweight my entire life and I can not remember a time from age 13ish on that I was happy with my body and wasn't worried about losing weight. My life has revolved around wishing and trying different things, but never succeeding. But here I am, I am finally doing this. I am getting there, slow and steady, never giving up... yet there is something inside me that is terrified of my goal weight. What is so scary about it? I don't think there is anything scary about the goal weight itself, I think what is scary is losing the layer of protection... my fat. I have allowed my fat to hold me back for years, avoiding many social situations, dating, etc. because of how I felt about myself and my body. Every boy that "didn't like me back" must not have liked me because I was fat. Now, let's be real... that probably wasn't true. Sure there were some that it probably was true, because we got along great otherwise, but it is highly possible that they just didn't feel that way about me, period. But I always felt that I was able to blame it on my weight. I never had to look at anything else, I would just write it off and move on.

So what happens now? Right now, this exact moment I still have just enough fat on me that I am still overweight. I can still hide behind it a little bit, I can still try to convince myself that is why that boy doesn't feel the same way about me, but what happens when that is all behind me? What happens when I'm just a nice, normal sized girl? That means I am going to have to put myself out there, and say take me or leave me... and that is a very scary thought! I feel better and more confident and I am hoping that will help me... but there is obviously something still plaguing me that is secretly gnawing at me deep down. I will continue to push forward and try to get to the bottom of this. This won't come in a day or even a week, but the good news is I'm conscious of this self sabotage and I'm going to try to continue to fight it, as well as the Binge Monster that always pounces when I'm second guessing myself.

This leads me to my next topic:


I have shed a lot of tears recently about the damage I have done to my body. I will be the first to say that I have always had very real expectations of what losing weight was going to look like. I expected the loose skin, I expected the horrendous stretch marks (mine are particularly bad), I expected jiggly arms... but I think there is still a part of us that thinks MAYBE it won't be as bad as we thought.

Well I am here to tell you for ME and my body, it is exactly as bad as I thought. I have stretch marks so deep and shredded trucks could drive in them. I have the flying squirrels as I have mentioned before... my stomach is hanging down so low that I recently went out to buy compression shorts to wear under my clothes to help give it support. My inner thighs are getting wrinkly and very jiggly... and I have an unsightly pouch on one of my inner thighs. I often joke that I am okay with it, and that I will just never be able to go through life wearing daisy dukes and tank tops. Okay so I am fine with that, the daisy dukes isn't happening no matter what, and I wouldn't be comfortable in those even if I could rock them. The tank top I can probably still muster up the courage to flaunt, but I am still very hard on myself. I think I am just mad at myself for putting my body through so much over the years, and it's sad to see that it can't recover from the stresses I've put it through.

It is just very hard to know you've worked this hard and to see all these various things happening. With that said, if I could have a do over with this life, and could have the perfect body, but be a part of a different family, and be a completely different person I would never do it. I have learned a lot, and while my body had to feel the wrath of my decisions, I am still so happy with the person that I am. So I will do my best to tone up my arms, and tone up my legs in an effort to help my jiggly thigh. I am already saving for a tummy tuck because it is honestly becoming a hazard the more I lose my weight... and I know I am privileged to be in a position where that is an option for me. That is going to lead to even more scars, and I am going to still have plenty of stretch marks, but as the picture says I earned those. emoticon They are my battle scars and I really think I am a much stronger person after going on this weight loss journey... and I have learned so much about life.

So no more tears, what's done is done. I can sit here and cry about things I can not change, or I can focus on what I can improve on and what I have accomplished. And to any of you ladies out there worried about your bodies after weight loss... this is what I have to say about it at the end of the day... I am going to look darn good in my clothes. 99% of people I come in contact with are ONLY going to see me IN my clothes and that 1% that actually gets to see me without them better consider themselves darn lucky and not have any complaints! emoticon

  
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HEATHERFREE 11/22/2013 11:27PM

    Hey girl, miss you. Catching up on your blogs. I particularly love this one, because I was just looking at every inch of my body this morning scrutinizing it, the deep stretch marks on the inner thighs, the stretch marks for some reason stretching more on my boobs....the scars from random pimples. But your right, whats done is done, and I'm so happy your still on this journey. I am still at 231 but Im happy with that considering all the joint issues I've been going through, and being on prednisone for over a month now. I still would like to get to 220 by the new year.....so we will see if I can make that happen despite all this medication and holiday temptation

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MCJULIEO 11/14/2013 2:03PM

    You have said it well.... hang in there and good luck!

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MAYBER 11/14/2013 12:02AM

    Thank you for sharing your journey this could be me writing this blog
At one time was one pound from goal and gained everything back plus a little more
And just recently in my journey was two pounds from goal and gained back ten so I begin again and too believe am afraid of reaching that number have set as a goal where do I go when I reach there
Continue to take one day at a time
Best wishes to you you are in thoughts prayers
Sending love and peace
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LEANMEAN2 11/13/2013 5:42AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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LEANMEAN2 11/11/2013 6:41AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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YOGAMONKEYS 11/10/2013 4:09AM

    I too struggle with self sabotage. It's good to hear your inner confidence, very inspiring.

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RESTORETOSANITY 11/9/2013 10:27AM

  The first time I lost the weight, in my twenties, I had major tiger stripes because of 3, almost back-to-back, pregnancies. They were something I decided I'd earned, proof I'd been to hard places and survived. I hadn't gained a lot in my arms even tho I was very heavy, and didn't have loose skin anywhere.

This time I'm in my forties and as I was making decisions about losing, I knew it would be different. My upper arms had blown up and I knew at this age I'd be in for a lot of loose skin everywhere. Finally, I told myself that this was life or death, and I couldn't let this fear keep me from losing. It would either bounce back or it wouldn't, but I'd be alive. To help me make the decision to go forward, I told myself if the skin was really bad and I really wanted to, I'd find a way to do surgery. So, I got one more excuse out of the way. My skin is pretty bad, but from what I've learned it takes a year or 2 before everything is stable, so I've decided to accept it for now. I'm lucky; I don't have any rashes or itches.

"What happens when I'm just a nice, normal sized girl?" I don't know. I hit goal weight and started maintenance a couple weeks ago, and I'm not nice and normal, LOL. I never was. I'm complex. I'm complicated. There are REASONS why I needed something to hide behind. I promised myself this time I would do whatever it took to stay in hiding when I felt vulnerable, just not use the fat anymore. If it takes wearing baggy clothes I do it. If I feel good in something that fits good, then I'll go with that. I don't have to become whatever anyone else or the past younger me thought I had to. I'm still strong, brave, and occasionally righteously angry. It serves me :) So, maintenance is confusing, but there's work to do inside or I won't stay here. It sounds like you are well on your way.

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TER_BEAR1962 11/8/2013 4:33PM

    We do tend to hide behind our protective layers and use them as an excuse to not participate in life. I also sabotaged my external image. Having been abused as a teenager and harassed as an adult, I made myself unappealing through weight, clothing, hair/makeup, etc. Once I realized what I was doing, I was finally able to overcome that last hurdle. I still have off days, but I did finally reach my goal weight, and have stayed within about 5 pounds of it ever since. Best wishes to you!

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    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark mail. What an honor.

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SMILES_CAN_DO 11/8/2013 9:48AM

  Nice blog! Congratulations on your success so far! You've come a long way! Way to go!

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AMBER461 11/7/2013 7:00PM

  Excellent blog. Well said.

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CHANGINGHORSES 11/7/2013 6:17PM

    Very well said. I have the same scars but I feel like a million bucks! I am just glad that I have a real sense of self now and pride in my body no matter how floppy my arms and belly are. And like you said, We look great in our clothes! The special person who sees me without clothes isn't looking at my flaws, he's looking at my heart.


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PROPMAN1 11/7/2013 3:12PM

  You have an amazing attitude! Wishing you nothing but the best!! Keep up the good work and fight on with pride!!!! emoticon emoticon

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FIRECOM 11/7/2013 2:24PM

    I have never in my life been a candyholic, but since I startred chemo, I absolutely crave candy -- all types.

Strange how changes in our life have unintended consequences;

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ANDYLIN90 11/7/2013 1:50PM

    Love it!!

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SUNFLOWERGIRL79 11/7/2013 12:09PM

    Great blog. We are our worse enemy. Keep your head up, you can do it.

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CALIDEE 11/7/2013 9:48AM

    Excellent! I can relate to this so well. Thank you for your honesty
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PATTISTAMPS 11/7/2013 9:46AM

    GREAT blog! Yes, we do have the scars of life. And as you grow older there are more scars. But your outlook is so EXCELLENT! Your health is so much more important than the scars. Many years ago I had a dear friend who had lost a lot of weight. About 75 pounds. And she had stretch marks. And saggy belly. And when she met Scott, he thought she was the most beautiful thing he had ever met, and when they got married they were one of the happiest couples ever. Sadly, she had a short life, and I will always miss her. But she is a shining example of how love does not care about the stretch marks, etc. Yes, the guys ARE initially attracted (mostly) to the body, but when you meet your soul mate it does not matter!

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SJKENT1 11/7/2013 8:32AM

    emoticon emoticon I think acceptance and determination points of our life are huge milestones. Congrats!

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XIALUDI 11/7/2013 7:50AM

    wow, yes! I can really relate to this, thanks for such an honest post :)

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CHERYLHURT 11/7/2013 7:31AM

  Amazing blog!

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    emoticon emoticon Wear those stripes with pride!!!!! Who ever that 1% may be, should be considered extremely lucky indeed!! emoticon
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DKAY0923 11/7/2013 3:59AM

  great blog

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    nice

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SUPERPSYCHED30 11/6/2013 9:51PM

    Well said!

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BETHLOVESBIKING 11/6/2013 7:33PM

    This blog is emoticon You've spoken for so many of us--we can all identify. Congratulations on your great work so far, and wishing you for courage for the remainder of the journey.

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HEALTHY4ME 11/6/2013 7:04PM

    YOu have hit the nail on the head for me. I think when I really get truthful that the main reason I don't lose is cos I dont want to be flabbier than I am now. I only have 30 lbs to lose but am and have been always flabby. When I read that people are 180 size 12 I am like how, I am an 16-18. mum used to say you are a marshmallow and that was when I was 13-140 and in my 20s.
So do I want to stay this size as I seem to go from 180-200 and fill my flab or have it hanging but then I see blogs on here, about people that have lost a fair bit and did strength and are not flabby... So then I think there is hope!!!!!
HUGS and hope you can remember there is hope!

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NO1LSUTIGERFAN 11/6/2013 5:56PM

  Just to let you know, I've struggled for the past year with the same exact thing - I'm down to my last 10 pounds and I've spent the last year going down 5 and back up 5. And I have no clue why I do it. No clue. Drives me crazy!

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NEWTINK 11/6/2013 5:35PM

    Find a punching bag and beat the crap out of it that works for me . and once you have done that you will feel empowered. Empowering yourself helps you to fight against the self destruction . You have to believe that you are stronger now than when you were fat bodied. emoticon

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SMILINGEYES2 11/6/2013 5:19PM

    I love your blog. I am also concerned with the wings and excess skin as I lose. I love the allusion to tiger stripes and battle scars. Thanks for giving me a new way to look at this body that is changing.

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MALAMI518 11/6/2013 5:08PM

    This really helped me today. I also have "tiger stripes" and so much loose, jiggly skin that I know will be with me forever. I remember saying when I started that I knew I would have loose skin and that I'd much rather have the loose skin than fat plumped skin. I still feel that way, and yet, I've been letting all that loose skin bother me recently.

I also agree about hiding behind the fat. I'm haven't fallen victim to self-sabotage, but it is scary losing that layer of fat that I've always wanted to lose.

Great blog! Thank you for your insights!

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JRICHART 11/6/2013 5:08PM

    Wow! Thank you. I stumbled upon your blog today after having a very tough day being motivated myself. I am only one pound away from my last mini goal and have been for about a month...it just won't come off. I also have lots of extra skin around my middle and just this afternoon I was upset about it. Your blog was a great reminder that we are all facing the same challenges. Thanks!

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COMIC_BOOK_MAMA 11/6/2013 4:21PM

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TERRIMMIX 11/6/2013 4:12PM

    I've done the self-sabotage thing too, so many times. All I can really come up with is being afraid of not having the "I'm too fat to do that" excuse together with the fact that once the fat is gone, there will also be issues with getting hit on and having to have social self-control as well. When there's no temptation put in your path, it's easier to keep on the straight and narrow. Great blog!

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PURPLEBIRD63 11/6/2013 3:05PM

    Haha ... very true!
I worry about that also - extra skin, etc...
I started a tummy tuck fund a few years ago too -
just need to lose the weight so I can get it :)
Congrats on your awesome weight loss!

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SBARGANZ 11/6/2013 3:05PM

    I can relate. :) You rock!

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Waving The White Flag, Carb Nite Experiment Not For Me LOL!

Saturday, November 02, 2013



Let me take you back to a time, long long ago... October 25th, 2013. Well, ummmmmm, okay so it wasn't that long ago, but it feels like 10 years ago. In this week, I have gone from excitement, to physical exhaustion and feeling crummy, to feeling okay, to crash in burn. Before we go any further I must say that this is NO reflection of the plan... I obviously haven't been on it long enough to know if it is effective (and I betcha it is), but I have been on it long enough to know it's not for me.

So let's get back to the story, where was I? Oh, that's right, October 25th, 2013. You see, I had this idea that I should shake things up and try something new. My plan the last 19 months has absolutely worked and I have lot a lot of weight, but I was looking for something to do. I wasn't really prepared but I jumped in with both feet, only 30 net carbs per day. Okay that doesn't sound so bad right? At first it was great! I was at home and I had full access to my kitchen and could go in and cook up something super healthy and low carb every couple of hours. I had a little trouble getting in enough calories but that was okay. By Sunday night I felt sick, and had an awful headache, I have read about "induction flu" when it comes to low carb, so I thought I must be doing things right.

Cut to Tuesday night. I had to go back to work, I thought I had enough food, turns out it was only 1000 calories. I would never eat 1000 calories intentionally, but I was at my carb limit and I had no other options at work. Repeated this on Wednesday and then Thursday, Halloween, is when all heck broke loose!



emoticon Yep. It was bad. I went face first into SEVERAL slices of pizza emoticon at work, followed by a mini candy binge. I lost my mind. I had been hungry for days, I had wanted carbs for days, and I just couldn't stop myself. The thing is my first "Carb Nite" (where you intentionally eat a lot of carbs) was supposed to be Sunday. So I thought well I will just count this one as that and move forward. That was a good plan until today.

I ended up eating 3, yes you read that right, 3 donuts! emoticon In my 27 years as an overweight girl, I have NEVER EVER EVER eaten 3 donuts. 2 maybe, but not 3. That was the aha moment for me! This was bringing out the Binge Monster in ME! I haven't seen him in quite a while actually, and he caught me by surprise! He caught wind that I was doing this low carb thing, and he knew that after I had already eaten an insane amount of pizza & candy that getting me to eat 3 donuts would be a piece of cake! How evil is he? He truly is a monster.

You see, there is nothing wrong with this plan (I don't think), but there is something wrong with it for me. What bothered me most was that if I was doing it "my way" (everything in moderation tracking calories), I could have easily had ONE donut, tracked it and moved on with my day. In fact I have passed up donuts at work millions of times because I know they weren't worth the calories. But you tell me I can't have something and I obsess. I have had ice cream in my fridge for months and it is missing 2, 1/2 cup servings.. but if you told me I couldn't have it I would be right there eating out of the carton! This was bringing out the binge/restrict cycle in me and that is not good. There was nothing wrong with my counting calories and everything in moderation plan, but I am human, and I get caught up in wanting to try other plans. I said it when I posted about trying it that I was truly "going against myself" because I have always believed that for ME to lose weight it had to be my way and it had to be something I could do forever. I went on this plan knowing I would have to come off of it and that was the first mistake.

I think I had the right idea that I need to change up my routine, I need to make an effort to eat more healthy foods and to eat more veggies. This plan allowed me to find that I liked some healthier things and it really started to move me away from processed foods. I am going to keep that in mind as I move back to what has helped me lose 85 pounds, counting calories and eating what I want in moderation. I will just kick it up a notch so that I am eating more healthy, whole foods.

Anyways, if there is anything GOOD for me to say at the end of this is to remember that your weight loss journey is YOURS alone. What works for you may be pure disaster for someone else. Don't judge anyone else for their choices and more importantly don't let anyone judge you for yours. You know you better than anyone else, and sometimes we have to go through trial and error to find what works for us. So take whatever "your plan" is, and rock the heck out of it! emoticon emoticon


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JADED_CHICK19 11/6/2013 8:47AM

    I know exactly what you mean about binging when you feel like you are being restricted. I am the same way. Sometimes trying different things and realizing they aren't for us is just as important as finding what does work for us. Youre right everyone is different and we never know what works till we try it! Great job on figuring out what your body wants. Keep up the amazing work!

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ADARKARA 11/6/2013 8:24AM

    I am the SAME WAY! Tell me I can't have something and a dam breaks and I must EAT IT ALL!

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BRADMILL2922 11/6/2013 1:18AM

    Yea, finding out what works for us is a real key. We can try to copy someone else but in the end, we have to find what works for us.

Sorry to see that you had such a hard time. I almost think a crash like that is inevitable when we are doing this. We are so strict with ourselves and put so much pressure on what we are doing and trying to be perfect that a slip up is bound to happen from time to time. Best thing to do is just learn from it and move forward!

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PATTIEMCD 11/5/2013 6:55PM

    Loved reading this....Thanx

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SHANNONY84 11/5/2013 7:01AM

    I also feel crummy when I don't get enough carbs. I believe it is something our bodies become use to, and when we take it out, it hurts us!

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SIMONEKP 11/4/2013 12:14PM

    Steph, I was waiting to see how it worked for you. I know a lot of people say low-carb work for them but I find that I feel crummy when I don't have enough carbs.

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 11/4/2013 8:26AM

    Very insightful Steph... what you're doing now is exactly how I found what worked for me... cuz not only are all our bodies different but all our brains are different too..

Good on you!

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TREV1964 11/4/2013 5:29AM

    When you first said about doing this I must admit I was a little bit worried for you. You have already lost an great amount of weight and the loss DOES slow down as you near your goal weight.

Sometimes a change can re-set a boost to the loss and this is why I was looking carefully at how you got on. Nevertheless you found out some of the consequences quickly which proved so beneficial.

You will get there albeit like me slower than we first anticipated.

Cheers

T
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PSIMSON 11/4/2013 12:26AM

    I had exactly the same thing happen to me when I tried a low-carb diet a couple of weeks ago. I binged like crazy for a week after. But, I learned once and for all, that this type of "dieting" isn't for me. I just have to stick with simple and healthy. Thanks for another terrific blog and sharing your journey. emoticon

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JACOBSBELOVED 11/3/2013 1:23PM

    What a coincidence! I snapped and had two donuts yesterday as well!

Like you said, you tried it and it's not for you. I think it's great that you tried something new, especially since you were getting kind of bored with your routine, but now you know that it's not quite what you were looking for.

And way to go and to not compare yourself to others! It's so hard sometimes. :)

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SLIMMINGSHAY 11/3/2013 11:51AM

    LOVED this blog!

I can only imagine what eating low carb would do to me so I don't even try. I think I would be just like you in the reaction.

So what's the next step?

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EBONYSOL 11/3/2013 3:38AM

    Your entire blog emphasizes for me why I no longer believe in "dieting". The word makes me want to eat a chocolate bar and I don't even like chocolate bars that much anymore.
I believe that my eating habits have to align themselves with my design for living. My design for living is to live a balanced, healthy life - mentally, emotionally and physically. I choose to learn from, laugh with and love the friends and family in my life. The word and concept of "dieting" don't match up with my new life.

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TIRED49 11/2/2013 9:19PM

    Thanks so much for this! I am the same way! Tell me I can't have it and I'm going for it!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/2/2013 8:48PM

    You nailed it -- we have to be our best. There really is no one-size-fits-all plan. No matter how good a plan is, you have to tailor it to YOUR needs. Lesson learned, mission accomplished, right!?!

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MOVEITMARY 11/2/2013 8:37PM

    I'm with you - "diets" are NOT for me. Measuring, weighing, choosing, yes. Forbidden foods? OBSESSION TIME.

The only Halloween sweet I ate was a Little Debbie faux-Twinkie, because I knew if I forbid myself to eat it, I would obsess over it until I ate the whole two boxes that are in the house. Now I have had one piece and I'm over it. Definitely better for me.

All things in moderation.

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HEYRED221 11/2/2013 7:38PM

    I am with you - tell me I "Can't" have something - and that is all I want!!!! Yep, ain't gonna happen. Healthy options and everything in moderation - much better than specifically cutting out a whole group altogether. Great experiment though - hope you are feeling better today. emoticon emoticon

Carolynn

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 11/2/2013 4:45PM

    I love the image of Face First into several slices of Pizza. Obviously the very very low carb didn't work but maybe there is something inside saying you need to find the right level of carbs for you. But there is no right level of donuts, something about surgary fried fattening is difficult to resist. I stopped eating them years ago. Did you have real sugar high after 3 of them?


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LOTUSBURGER 11/2/2013 4:36PM

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BABYBARNEY 11/2/2013 4:18PM

    You hit the nail on the head...DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU...I am usually over on my tracker with complex carbs. .I'd say 4 out of 7 days...The thing is I use them as additional fuel for my metabolism & manage to maintain my weight. Sugar alone however, is another matter entirely...particularly baked goods.

good for you in stopping the monster in its tracks.

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WILDFLOWERMA 11/2/2013 4:12PM

    Been there, done that. Glad you reinforced what you already knew at the end of it all. You've got this!

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PIGGYWAY 11/2/2013 4:00PM

  sound good but that`s not for me

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BARBARAROSE54 11/2/2013 2:37PM

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I_CAN_AMY 11/2/2013 12:17PM

    Listening to your body is a really important lesson. It sounds to me that in your 19 month weight loss journey, you cultivated a valuable skill. It will help you maintain your weight and healthy lifestyle forever. The "carb night" thing was just a test! GREAT JOB!!!
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WORKNPROGRESS49 11/2/2013 11:41AM

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MINEA999 11/2/2013 10:37AM

    I think it's great that you gave it a try and now you know it's not for you. I've tried low carb too and it created the binge monster in me too. Restricting foods from my diet makes me obsess about them. So I just don't do it anymore!

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HDHAWK 11/2/2013 9:56AM

    Do what works for you. Some people can handle low carbs and some have a hard time.Your body needs carbs to keep up with your workouts. emoticon

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WHOVIANGIRL23 11/2/2013 9:47AM

    At least you can say that you tried it! And now you know for sure that your plan is the best way to go! I'm sorry that you had a visit from the binge monster, how dare he make you eat 3 donuts?! He's such a bully. But it's Okay! Because you can swing yourself right back on that horse and keep going! We are almost exactly at the same weight right now, we gotta keep up with each other! Keep your chin up, you're such an inspiration!

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MOLLIEJEAN2 11/2/2013 9:35AM

    emoticon admitting it doesn't work for you, go with what feels right and what works for you. Everyone is different and what works for some doesn't work for others. Go with what you know works for you, emoticon . Glad that you are pushing the binge monster away, too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRENDA_G50 11/2/2013 9:09AM

    This was a GREAT blog. emoticonfor checking it out for me. I was seriously thinking about trying it, but now I don't have to. Your plan seems to work for you and that's all that matters. I LOVED the pictures!!! I can really identify with the ones of the cats emoticon but the one I really need to remember is the last one. Keep doing what you've been doing (moderation), you're doing emoticon

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AMARILYNH 11/2/2013 8:33AM

    Ouch - I'm so sorry this experiment didn't work for you. Or did it??

1. You now KNOW extremely low carb (and 30 net grams is LOW) doesn't work for you.
2. You now KNOW you CAN eat more freggies (and I don't think ANY plan doesn't agree veggies AT LEAST are good for you!)
3. You DID LOSE the vacation weight.

So I think it DID work! Knowledge is POWER and our weight loss journey is a LIFETIME journey, not a diet. So pat yourself on the back - JOB WELL DONE!!

I don't see this as a setback, just an experiment from which you gained more knowledge of yourself.

p.s. I'm SO WITH YOU on that 'don't tell ME I can't have it' thing!! There is NO food (including donuts and pizza) that I CAN'T have. I haven't chosen to have a donut in a very long time, but I have chosen to have an apple fritter which is basically the same thing. I have chosen to have pizza. I have chosen to have a LOT of foods that cause a temporary weight gain because I generally eat lower carb and sodium. LIFE is about choices - we just are choosing healthy ones!! Hugs!! emoticon emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 11/2/2013 8:24AM

    Wow - you stuck it out longer than I could have!

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REGILIEH 11/2/2013 8:12AM

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TAMNIOWA 11/2/2013 7:51AM

    I too have experienced the restrict/binge monster. Good for you for recognizing it quickly. Keep up the good work. Do what works for you. You can do it. emoticon

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SMART4ANDREY 11/2/2013 7:44AM

    Effective, not really.
There're three types of plans that work.
1. Low cal diet, it word 100%, they all do...in two weeks minus 5 kg - all true.
But you can't eat like that longer then two weeks, so you gain it all back.
2. Low carb/fat/protein plans (beginning), they work because they don't provide an actual plan and people end up low cal, that happened to you too.
3. Low carb/fat/protein plans (normal), they work for some people, it it's low carb and you don't really like carbs - will work for you, if you don't like meat - low protein will work for you. For you low carb is insanity, for me low protein is, so it's just good amount of calories tilted away from one of the nutrients.

Punch line is that you don't need that tilt, you can spread your calories as you like.

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TIME-4-TINA 11/2/2013 7:39AM

    I don't think I could ever go on a low carb diet. Although I do try to not eat carbs for lunch on most days. I usually have grilled chicken and salad. But the rest of the day, I do eat carbs. I find that restricting myself doesn't work.

go back to what works for you, sweetie.



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COCK-ROBIN 11/2/2013 4:29AM

    I've also been trying to fight the binge monster. I'm glad you learned and moved on.

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TOKIEMOON 11/2/2013 4:27AM

    Steph. I think I would have reacted the same way. Thanks for trying this eating plan out for me. emoticon If you still want a change, what about trying something new with exercising, or tweaking an activity that you normally do? emoticon Denise

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CHRISGORGME 11/2/2013 3:24AM

    That sounds like the girl who talked to me earlier in the week! Remember.......we learn and we move on!!!
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WEEPINGANGEL74 11/2/2013 2:24AM

    Sounds like you are making the right choice for you and that is the best choice! I hear ya on the binge monster. ... I am trying to fight her for way to long! New day, new month, new chance to make the right choices.

We can do this Steph!!



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RUDITUDI2000 11/2/2013 12:47AM

    Very good blog! Spot on with not judging others, or comparing our success or failures to others.. Glad you came out on top with a great learning experience to move forward with! Less processed food, more veggies, moderation, is a good plan for you it sounds like! You have lost a lot of weight! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 11/2/2013 12:45AM

    Oh Yes!
I know exactly what you mean!
More power to you my friend. You figured it out quicker than I ever did. LOL! :0)
Hugs
Angela

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