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Reasons to lose weight....

Monday, August 17, 2009



So I won't look like this again...at 280 lb in 2005.


I am doing great today and have kept track of all my food and don't feel "starved." I really feel like today is the first day of the rest of my life and it's getting better every day.

  
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POLYANASUNSHINE 8/17/2009 11:53PM

    emoticon Glad to hear you saying that. keep up the good work.

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ELAINESHAFF 8/17/2009 11:05PM

    Keep it up. I know with SP's help, you can do it. This Team will be behind you all the way.

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BIGT_56 8/17/2009 7:47PM

    emoticon Teddy! I am so glad to see you back in the swing of things. You will succeed, of that I have no doubt.

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Terrie

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HOLLYSNOWWOMAN 8/17/2009 11:06AM

    What is that old saying, "a picture paints a thousand words" or something like that. I have one of these from when I was at Dollywood and when I go back I will need to get another cart (no walking on inclines per docs orders) but at least I don't weight 270 pounds anymore!!! These pictures say it all.

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75 reasons to lose 75 lbs...#51-75 and comment

Sunday, August 16, 2009

51. To have less swollen ankles and legs, especially when sticking to low sodium intake.
52. To look younger than my years.
53. To be able to wear capris and even long shorts (in public). I refuse to wear them now.
54. To have less problems with chafing.
55. To be able to play golf again (haven't done this for over 25 years, but remember it was fun).
56. To go to my next class reunion looking great.
57. To realize that eating sensibly is not a form of suffering or deprivation.
58. To get outdoors more often and get fresh air and sunshine.
59. To walk around my neighborhood and appreciate having a nice place to live.
60. To spend more time exercising because it will be easier as my weight goes down.
61. To be able to shop more without getting worn out so fast.
62. To be able to have a small ice cream treat once a week without feeling guilty.
63. To be able to take part in group exercises and be able to keep up, even if it is a seniors group.
64. To be able to wear a dress without feeling self conscious.
65. To be able to wear low heels again so I can feel dressed up for special occasions.
66. To be able to attend family gatherings without feeling like the fat cousin, aunt or grandma.
67. To be able to stay focused and awake without tiredness overtaking me and feeling like a nap in the afternoon.
68. To be able to read a few chapters of a book at bedtime without falling asleep right away, like now.
69. To be able to sleep through the night instead of waking up every 2 hours or more often cause I am uncomfortable in bed.
70. To be an inspiration for others who need to lose weight, knowing someone else was able to do it.
71. To impress my doctor that I was able to lose those extra 75 lbs.
72. To try out new activities that I was afraid to try cause I was too fat or too weak.
73. To be able to get out of a chair easily.
74. To be as independent as possible as I get older.
75. To live to a ripe old age and have a fantastic quality of life.

That is a lot of reasons and a lot of pounds but I know it is one day at a time and one pound at a time!!!
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FITKAT2010 8/19/2009 7:38AM

    Now, this list is wonderful. Fantastic! Motivating! Wow!

However, what about the other list? The list of the excuses to go Off Program? That needs to be stated also.

Karen

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ELAINESHAFF 8/16/2009 5:22PM

    I had #54 until I lost weight. Not so much anymore. I love #75.

You go Teddy!!

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DAISYDAY25 8/16/2009 4:00PM

  I love these I can relate to so many

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KERRYMONIQUE 8/16/2009 3:15PM

    You can do it! You will do it!! You are doing!!!

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MARCHMAID 8/16/2009 8:00AM

    I'm going to "steal" some of these reasons since I can't seem to think of enough reasons on my own! Nice list! emoticon

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HOLLYSNOWWOMAN 8/16/2009 7:41AM

    You say it so well!!! Keep them coming. emoticon

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CHRYS13 8/16/2009 7:20AM

    Please know that you are already an inspiration to others!
You've made another fantastic list. emoticon
You're on the right track toward a healthy life! emoticon

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TIMEFORJENN 8/16/2009 6:19AM

    Those are great reasons!!!
Thanks for sharing
Jenn

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75 reasons to lose 75 lbs...#26-50

Saturday, August 15, 2009

26. To reduce my asthma symptoms and sleep apnea.
27. To be able to walk around the lake 3 miles without a rest.
28. To be able to move faster in the morning and not have to worry about being late to appointments and work.
29. To be less camera shy and be proud of how I look.
30. To be able to garden next year so I won't have so many weeds contributing to my pollen allergies.
31. To be able to garden next year so I can have fresh veggies, especially those fresh cucumbers.
32. To be able to garden next year so my neighbors won't be worried about those weeds spreading to their yards.
33. To be able to run after my cat if she gets outside (sneaky thing runs between my legs like a bullet).
34. To be able to travel and not have to find a riding cart (some airports don't have those!!!).
35. To be able to grocery shop without using the riding cart.
36. To feel less handicapped and not have people stare at me cause I am moving slow, using a cane or using a handicapped parking space (once had a lady yell at me cause I didn't "look" handicapped).
37. To be able to be supportive to others who need help with health issues, including diet issues and being more active.
38. To be able to bend over without getting a "stitch" in my ribs.
39. To be able to tie my shoes without getting the "stitch" from bending over.
40. To be less worried about my issues and more helpful to others who might need support.
41. To be able to do some volunteer work at my local nursing home again (I probably could do this now, but I seem to be working on a lot of personal issues, some related to the excess weight).
42. To learn to say no to those foods that got me in trouble (most foods?), especially ice cream and cheese.
43. To be more grateful like I was at 200 lbs when I remember saying I thanked God with every step that I had lost weight.
44. To be able to get on the scale at the doctor's office without taking off my sweater (as if that weighs so much) and not asking them to recalibrate their scale to match mine at home.
45. To quit blaming my weight on a sodium retention problem and thyroid disease (though true).
46. To quit worrying that my extra weight will give me a stroke or heart attack.
47. To quit beating myself up that I eat too much and I am too fat.
48. To say good things to myself about how I am so healthy (I can say it now but it will be more true after I lose some of these 75 lbs).
49. To continue to log in at SparkPeople for inspiration and support.
50. To never make disparaging remarks about other people who are overweight (I think I don't now, but remember how it felt when other people did that to me).
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KERRYMONIQUE 8/16/2009 3:13PM

    More excellent reasons, but don't forget you can start working on some of those positive attitude things right now!!! I try to say 3 positives about each day and about myself every day... I even have them on my "other goals" for SP.

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HOLLYSNOWWOMAN 8/16/2009 7:39AM

    I love this. We can all see some of ourselves in these.

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CHRYS13 8/16/2009 7:17AM

    Great list! We're all here for one another....I'll be cheering you on! (and now I think I'll go make my own list!) emoticon

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SOCIALKAJ 8/15/2009 3:09PM

    This is really great and inspiring. I know you can do this...you have SOOOO many reasons! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KEENTINA 8/15/2009 1:58PM

    This is a great idea! We should all list our reasons for losing weight - excellent motivator!

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HLTHYLIVNCCJ 8/15/2009 12:54PM

    All Wonderful Reasons, but the most important of them all is YOU! You are a motivational Sparker! I look forward to the rest of the list! Thinking about making one of my own now.

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ELAINESHAFF 8/15/2009 10:51AM

    I love your list. Can't wait to see the rest of the list. Thanks!

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LIFENPROGRESS 8/15/2009 10:35AM

    Excellent list! You WILL Succeed!

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AMYBOBAMY1 8/15/2009 10:14AM

    great reasons!

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Jealousy...do nice things for everyone!!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

I gave a rose to someone at work and several people wondered why I did it and I think there is some jealousy there. I will try to bring roses (from my garden until the frost) for everyone in my department to see if that makes them happy. I know I cannot make all the people happy all the time. emoticon

  
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DJS-DEBBIE 8/16/2009 7:28AM

    You are very thoughtful.

I gave flowers to someone I work with and someone else said she had to go check her desk for flowers before she got upset. No good deed goes unpunished!

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CHRYS13 8/15/2009 8:52AM

    What a thoughtful gesture! I believe in random acts of kindness, too; and I agree with EILAROSE1 in that the people in your department will see your heart-filled gestures and kindnesses. Keep up those beautiful gestures!

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DAISYDAY25 8/14/2009 12:33PM

  I think that is real cool that you bring a rose to people at work. I know that iif I got a flower at work it would make my day. It gave my joy yo just hear that someone did that for someone else.

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BIGT_56 8/14/2009 10:47AM

    You are a beautiful person, Teddy!

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PATRICIA441 8/14/2009 10:30AM

  That green eyed jealousy is a bugger isn't he. It seems to me it is insecurity on that persons feelings. Don't take it to heart. Roses are my favorite flower. Have a lovely garden of them. emoticon

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HOLLYSNOWWOMAN 8/14/2009 10:27AM

    What a thoughtful gesture. One thing for sure, you mad their day when you gave them the rose. emoticon

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EILAROSE1 8/14/2009 9:47AM

    Don't worry about the jealousy,Sweetie

The kindness of bringing a single rose to anyone is more precious than anything.
What you did was so sweet
Just take one day at a time and the jealousy will go out the window, because they will see your heart not the roses emoticon

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Mammogram reminder for everyone.... going swimming this a.m. so gotta hurry

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I have done this for two weeks twice a week so far and it feels great. Unfortunately next weekthe lifeguard/attendant is going out of town for cancer treatment for his wife and the pool will be closed in the morning. I wished his wife the best results possible. My niece is gong through chemo for breast cancer now after double mastectomy about 3 weeks ago.

Reminder for everyone to get their mammograms..... emoticon

  
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BIGT_56 8/13/2009 6:11AM

    I do every year. I want to do all I can to keep the big "C" at bay. It has killed off my whole family and I don't want to be next!

Have a good swim!

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