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Real life is....

Friday, January 04, 2013

Not easy! I separated from my husband of 32 years and found my way back to who I want to be. After 6 months (and losing 20 pounds) I began to realize that I take ME with me wherever I go and I make the choices that impact my life/health/outlook etc. so I went home. The adjustment period to being back in my "old" life was hard and I gained back 7 pounds in a month. Panic!! But then I realized - I don't have to do this the same way - MAKE NEW CHOICES. So, today I am back on SparkPeople and back to tracking my food and back on the journey to good health. And I'm doing it while living my "real life".

  
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SAINTBERNARD6 1/4/2013 10:37AM

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SUGARSMOM2 1/4/2013 10:31AM

  good thoughts . words to make you listen . you go full force ahead .

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Surprise!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Well, the SparkPeople plan has blown a BIG self-delusion I've had for years out of the water. I have been convinced that I can't lose weight "no matter what I do" but since tracking, following along with all the SparkPeople suggestions I'm down 17 pounds.....so guess I just really need to be much more aware and intentional about what I'm doing.

  
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WEYRCAT 10/27/2012 9:31PM

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What I really want....

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

I need to lose about 85 more pounds but what I WANT is to be healthy. I want to feel good, have energy for the things I want to do and have the quality of life we all deserve. That is what I want. What has been keeping me from it is the poor health that poor eating and exercise habits have produced. It is all in my control. I just need to remember what I want and that it really isn't a candy bar.

  
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GETTINFIT-2014 10/3/2012 3:06PM

    My health coach recommended either keeping a photo or a token with me to remind me of what is important. I made a bracelet out of leather string and a stone to wear so that I'm reminded that staying on track is more important to me than that glass of wine or piece of cake.
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What a shock!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Went to the movies yesterday with my husband and grown son and then to dinner at Applebee's. I had 3 sweet/spicy boneless wings, a four ounce steak w/chipotle cream on the side, 4 grilled shrimp (small side of medium) and a brownie bite. Came in at over 1800 calories and over 5,000 mg of sodium!!! Felt sick the rest of the evening......are you kidding me?? Had been almost two months since I had eaten in a restaurant and I was feeling really good - now I remember how I felt all the time! What a shock to my system - I've been focused on nutrition and eating "clean" and my body had apparently detoxed itself. Wow! I will be thinking long and hard about restaurant food in the future.

  
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GINNABOOTS 9/30/2012 4:28PM

    I have been eating clean for 3 years & I hardly ever eat out, but when I do it usually makes me sick to my stomach so I know how you feel.

Your choices were good & you really didn't over do it. I can't believe it had that much sodium in it. Wow. Maybe check out nutrition info if & when you do go out again. Hope you feel better.

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RONNIEHUEY 9/30/2012 3:20PM

    Got to "break loose" once in a while.One day won't hurt you in the long run.

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YIKES!!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Since early August when I joined SparkPeople I have been doing my best to eat "clean" - no preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, etc. and I've been fairly successful. The biggest thing I noticed (besides physically feeling much better) is my mental/emotional state has been terrific! Upbeat, positive, CALM.....AND THEN......Friday I fell off the wagon. I had a horrible day at work and the break room had junk food (as usual) and I ate some. After work I went grocery shopping and I bought junk food. For dinner Friday night I had potato chips, grapes and an ice cream bar:-(. By Saturday morning I had a headache and felt sluggish and grumpy. I skipped breakfast and went to work where I ate black jelly beans for lunch. By 2 pm I was too sick feeling to do anything but go home. Over the next few hours I continued the downward spiral - eating 3 more ice cream bars, chips, grapes and finally a cup of navy bean soup (albeit loaded with sodium, preservatives and MSG). By then I had fought with my husband, been in tears 3 times, seriously considered quitting my job and felt really, really ILL.

That evening as I was sinking into a pit of despair my iPhone let me know I had an email - it was from SparkPeople. Suddenly the light went on in my head - all the awfulness of the past 30+ hours was due to bad eating and lack of water!! Really?? Could that really be it?? I immediately began drinking glass after glass of water. Slowly my headache went away. I fixed a clean dinner with high protein and lots of fresh veggies (green beans, yellow, orange and red sweet bell peppers, mushrooms) and some brown rice. My energy began to come back and by this morning when I had a protein shake for breakfast my mood was restored.

I have thrown away the junk food I bought Friday night. I feel like I am recovering from a bout of food poisoning......a little shaky and a lot wary.......of ever eating like THAT again!

  
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NEPTUNE1939 9/23/2012 2:33PM

    Eating healthy is really the ony way to go. It's habit forming - any more I don't crave that junk food. It just drags the body down.

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