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So many mixed emotions to deal with today, pass me some brie with my whine...

Saturday, August 01, 2009

If you are out there reading this buckle your seat belts because this is going to be a long ride. It is a soul searching odyssey that I have been on for the past 3 hours since I have been back from the gym. (Sorry Sandra I did not call you as I promised I would from the gym. Sandra, my good friend knows how much I have been stressing because I fell like everyone was watching me. Yes I know I put myself out there and caused this. I was very vocal in my frustration this month in various posts and blogs about this STUPID goal I set up for myself not to weigh myself for 1 month. I know everyone was there rooting for me.) I feel as though besides letting me down I let them all down. I had to think this whole thing through and have my own pity party before I could talk to Sandra. Sandra always knows how to make eveyone feel better.

Well I did not hit the number I was looking for, not even close! I tortured myself this whole month by not weighing myself and I only lost 8 measly pathetic pounds. I know, 8 pounds lost is better than 8 pounds gained. 8 pounds lost is better than being on a plateau. OMG if that would have happened and the numbers said zero I would have totally lost it. I lost a safe amount of weight for the month, almost 2 ponds per week, but that was not what I was looking for. "Pass me some brie (my favorite cheese) with my whine."

I was being unrealistic. I was hoping that I would get under 330 pounds so that I could weigh my self at home on my scale instead of having to go to the gym to do it. That would have meant losing an unrealistic number of 27 pounds. Hell, I would have been happy with 20 pounds.

OK so now I am looking back at my Food Tracker to see what I did wrong. I love our Food Tracker this is one of the best tools we have available to us on Spark People. I can not find any fault here, there may have been a day or two I was slightly under my calories for the day and 2 days I went over by 1 calorie on two different days. It is telling me that I am usually low in my protein for the day however. I find it hard to hit that number being I eat no animal proteins. generally it was Ok and I don't think the problem.

I think the main thing that my food tracker is telling me is that I am no where near being back to 100% RAW. I know for a fact that when I was doing the Raw I was averaging a pound lost a day. However, I have been thinking about this lately and I am not ready to go back 100% RAW. I am enjoying my one meal of a curry over brown rice, or quinoa with a sautéed vegetable or a vegetable stir fry which are all very healthy but not Raw. I am concentrating on taking Baby Steps to insure that I stay on a healthy eating plan because when I tried to go back to 100% Raw I would be good for maybe a week and then I would binge and eat junk. I have eaten no junk since June 16th so that is a good thing.

June 16, I told you I have been investigating to see where I failed myself, was the first day I actually started to work Spark. I joined back on May 24, 2009 but joining Spark doesn't mean you automatically lose weight. You have to work it, the weight does not fall off by itself. There is no magic fairy out there with a magic wand. I was good for a week and I lost 10 pounds the first week which I am questioning my body, "WHAT THE HELL? I AM GOOD FOR THIS WHOLE MONTH AND YOU ONLY GIVE ME 8 MEASLY POUNDS? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?" Can you tell I am so upset? Then as usual I yo yo back and binge and gain the whole 10 pounds back plus 2 more. When I started on Spark I weighed 371 when I weighed myself on June 16th when I first formally introduced myself on Spark People I weighed 373. June 16th was the day I set up my Spark Page. I did not do my 1st Blog till June 18th and even then it was not every day I would Blog. I know now that you have to work Spark to be successful. I wasted my first 3 weeks on Spark doing my regular yo yo thing. I have said it before and I have said it again - YOU HAVE TO WORK SPARK!

My blood sugar is another measurement to see how I am doing. I can not find fault there but it does have to be checked daily as it fluctuates. I have had hita low for me since I have been diabetic of 85 this Monday from a high of 309 (that's a 224 point reduction) so I am very happy about that. However, even today my sugar did not want to give me a high 5 to compensate for only losing 8 pounds. My reading this morning was 105. It is still a far cry from a high of 309 but couldn't my body have cut me a break and been lower today of all days when I am feeling down for only losing 8 pounds. I also know that my fellow diabetics out there are probably saying. "Are you kidding me? I wish my sugar was only 105." I am sorry but right now I feel the cosmic forces out there are working against me. Like I said earlier, " Can I have some brie (my favorite cheese) with my whine."

What am I going to do about this? I am very proud of myself that my first thought was not to go and pig out like I normally would have in the past. I always used to say, " It is not working so why am I bothering? I might as well eat and enjoy myself." I am not doing that.

I am going to go back and read through all of my Blogs to remind myself just how much I have grown on this journey with Spark People. I am going to celebrate how much I have achieved in this short time. I am going to be my own Cheerleader, instead of trying to find all of the negatives in what went wrong and concentrate on the positives.

I am going to try to convince my body that I am on the right track. I don't know, maybe my body is asking itself, "What is she doing now? When is the big yoyo coming?" Maybe my body is just as confused because of all of the yoyos I have put it through, all the ups and downs that it does not no how to react.

I do know that I am moving forward and not returning to my old eating habits and defeating ways. But I also know I am going to be very cranky today because did I mention I ONLY LOST 8 POUNDS THIS MONTH!

  
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DUMBSKITTY 8/4/2009 11:24AM

    NIGHTHWAK's post is so right on. This is something I have to keep in mind too. I didn't see the scale budge this week...I had a pretty big loss at the beginning of last week right off the bat, so today when I weighed in, it was the same.

It's so easy to get totally wrapped up in that number. I constantly have to remind myself that I'm not doing this for the number on the scale. I'm doing this for the way my body feels, for the way it works, and for the way it looks. This journey is about ME and MY BODY, not the number on the scale.

I'm very VERY proud of you for not only losing 8 lbs in July, but for sticking to your goal of not peeking at that scale. THAT in itself is a MAJOR achievement. I don't know if I could have done that at this point.

And I'm even MORE proud of you to read the blogs following this one. You had your little pity party--and we all need to have those occasionally--but you moved on. You decided how you were going to respond to this "crisis"...and I have to tell you that I'm impressed with your attitude. I really am. It's very inspiring to me.

Each day that you don't throw in the towel and give up is one day closer to your goal weight. And each day that you don't throw in the towel and give up is ALREADY a day that you're meeting your goals. You're ALREADY successful just by plugging away at it.

So keep that persepective! Keep that wonderful chin up! You're doing just SO great, and this time next year we're ALL going to be a LOT smaller!!


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.DUSTY. 8/2/2009 10:48AM

    Hey there big time drama girl, lol! I know how disappointed you must be feeling. Weighing what we do we always hope that it will come off faster especially at first. (I don't know why you made a goal of weighing only once a month? Maybe weekly would work out better.)

NIGHTHAWK's advice is so right on! Stay focused on your long term goals. You ARE doing this! You ARE losing weight and you ARE making progress! And you ARE making a positive difference in our SparkPeople community!

Be Strong. Stay Strong.
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NIGHTHWAK 8/1/2009 7:53PM

    Gee. let's see.

At the current rate you are going, next year at this time you will:

Have lost almost 100 lbs.

ONE HUNDRED POUNDS.

If you continue as you have so successfully last month, next year at this time you will also be in a completely new wardrobe. Head to toe, shoes included, I am sure.

Next year at this time, if you continue on your trek, your blood sugar will regulate and be normal. (You cannot expect it to stabilize in just one month, can you? This is a body we are dealing with. A body that has been abused and in ill health. It takes time to find the "normal" so be patient.)

Next year at this time you will have increased cardiovascular endurance and muscle tone because of your regular gym workouts.

Next year at this time, you will have 12 months of excellent eating habits under your belt, reducing your risk of cancer and heart disease.

Next year at this time, you will have developed a routine of doing something active EVERY DAY.

Next year at this time, you will have answered the question, "What are you doing to have lost so much weight?" so many times you can't possibly count them.

Next year at this time, you will have inspired countless people to do what you are doing: losing weight, getting healthy and refusing to go back to the past.

Next year at this time, you will look in the mirror and not recognize yourself.

But, you will KNOW it's you. The woman who worked so hard to get where she is.

The woman who almost gave up the month she "only" lost 8 pounds.

Why not rejoice and say, "I was SO successful this month! I tracked all my food, really pushed myself at the gym, and lost EIGHT POUNDS! I ROCK! I am really doing it this time. Look at the GREAT month I had! I did it and I will CONTINUE to do it because I am tired of being fat and tired and unhealthy."

Whatever it takes,
~nh


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DYNAMICDEB53 8/1/2009 5:42PM

    Ok so how was the brie with your whine???????
Now you listen girlfriend, 8 lbs is like Susan said 5lb sack of potaotes and 3 lbs of butter!!!!! ( I do like that thought and will keep it), and you lost it and better yet you didnt go out a eat those potatoes and butter, you know that not what you want to do.
You looked for a reason and found nothing negative. So stop wallowing in the brie and pick yourself up and stop the whining and be PROUD of what you have accomplished since June 16th!!
I love ya though, you do challenge and test each of us to think and really dig deep to find ourself and grown............JUSY like you are doing.
So here are your Hugs emoticon for feeling down and a big congrats emoticon emoticon for doing well. Accept them and smile gosh darn ya!!!!
Keep up the good work and more of those pesky pound will drop away
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LEARNINGTOLUVME 8/1/2009 5:33PM

    8 pounds per week is exactly what we should all be striving to loose. I think because you waited so long to weigh you were expecting a major shocker. The amount you lost is perfect range to keep off those pounds.

You did a great job dont be negative on yourself your body is letting go little by little and learning a new way of life.

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YATMAMA 8/1/2009 4:31PM

    Only? Girl, eight pounds is GREAT!!! My doctor insists that one pound week is cause to be delighted. He's a smart fella! I'm very proud of you!!!

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TORNADO40 8/1/2009 1:55PM

    Gosh I wish I could lose 8 pounds in a month. I can only take off 3-4 pounds each month and that is with eating 1300 cal and exercising 50 minutes each day.

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ANNIEJAYE10 8/1/2009 12:37PM

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Congratulations on meeting your goal. You made a commitment to not weigh yourself for the month of July and you followed through with it, that is extremely inspiring! Not only did you not weight yourself, but you watched what you ate and worked your Spark Program (dang, girl.. you were sparklin' up EVERYONE'S lives!).

Eight Pounds..... you have removed eight pounds from your body... eight pounds gone... vanished. You have allowed your organs to function better and taken 8 pounds off of your joints to allow you to have more mobility and less pain.

Eight Pounds is an extremely healthy loss.... these eight pounds show you that you are not controlled by the scale... you can live your new healthy life-style without checking to make sure the weight is dropping. You did EXACTLY what Spark is teaching us to do... you basically lived an entire month as someone who is not trying to lose weight would and YOU LOST WEIGHT!

Congratulations, hon... you are mastering this new life style and taking the control back over your life. I am extremely proud of you... and you should be too!

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SUSAN134 8/1/2009 11:51AM

    (((((((Travelnista)))))))

I KNOW how unhappy you are with the 8 lb loss. After not weighing yourself for a whole month, of course you were expecting more. I would be too, and I would have initially felt crushed at seeing only 8 lbs down. I say "only 8 lbs" because that is how you are looking at it. A month is a long time to not weigh yourself and
of course the anticipation builds up. For me personally, I have set a goal to only weigh myself once a week - and that feels long. For 6 days I am anticipating that magic number on the scale, and in my head I am waiting to see a ten lb loss -
totally unrealistic, and I KNOW this......but still......

In my third week here, after losing 10 lbs in two weeks, I only lost 1.5 lbs....I was SO disappointed. Heck, I had worked hard, and only 1.5 lbs? I realized later it was such an emotional expectation I had put on myself. I know I had done well that week with my tracking, however for whatever reason, my body only
showed 1.5 lbs loss. By the end of the day I had accepted it, and the next week
I was down 2.5 lbs.

When I have gone on diets before, I have lost quickly......but I have gained
every lb and more back. This time, I'm concentrating on losing slower, steadily and letting my body adjust to the smaller weight loss. I want these lbs to stay off - for good.

On that note, your 8 lb loss is perfect!!! You have done amazingly well. Hold on to that and enjoy it. Rejoice that you are now 8 lbs lighter. You have just lost a 5 lb bag of potatoes and 3 lbs of butter. They can get pretty heavy to carry around!

I'm very proud of you!!!

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SUNNYH99 8/1/2009 11:13AM

    I know you wanted more, but congrats on your 8 pounds! That's 2 pounds a week, and we are told not to lose more than that if we want to keep it off. The only people who lose 27 pounds in a month are eating in an unhealthy, or medically supervised or surgically enhanced way. You did beautifully. Don't let that ODAP ("old devilish addictive personality"- a 12-step term) bugaboo tell you you failed. You won!
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FORMENOONEELSE 8/1/2009 11:11AM

    TRAVELNISTA,
I NOTICED U DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT MEASUREMENTS.......DID U MEASURE A MONTH AGO AND THEN NOW???? U COULD OF LOST INCHES WITH THE WEIGHT......THERE IS MANY MANY WAYS OF MEASURING HOW FAR U HAVE COME IN THIS WEIGHT LOSS BATTLE.......LIFT UP EIGHT POUNDS AND TELL ME IT'S INSIGNIFICANT!!!!! NOT ONLY THAT BUT IT'S BETTER TO LOSE IT SLOW AND HEALTHY THAN TOO RAPID!!!! UR DOING GREAT!!!!! DON'T BE DOWN ON URSELF SO MUCH!!!!

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-TAMI- 8/1/2009 10:53AM

    Congrats on losing 8 pounds. Isn't 2 pounds a week the goal in your new group?
Honey, losing 27 pounds in one month is an unrealistic number. If you aren't going to go raw 100% then you have to accept that you will lose weight more slowly. Which is how the so called experts say to lose it.
I think you can look at your tracking for the last month and you wont find anything to tweak. I think you did great and the fact that you didn't lose more could be because your body is losing it slowly and healthily AND/OR because of the stress you felt by not weighing. We all know stress makes us hold on to our weight.
Come on, pat yourself on the back. We're all proud of you and you should be proud of yourself too. I would have been stuffing my face for the whole month if I couldn't step on my scale!!! I wouldn't have lost 8 pounds, I would have gained 12. emoticon
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BAMATEACHER 8/1/2009 10:35AM

    Oh, Travelnista!!!!

First, I want to give you a great big hug! emoticon

I am SO sorry you are so disappointed. I wish you felt better about what you saw.

I think you are being waaaaaay too hard on yourself. You did nothing "wrong." Look what your body did for you. You stayed on your plan, ate how you liked to eat, moved, and it removed 8 pounds of unwanted/unneeded fat from your thighs, butt, stomach, and (most importantly) organs.

Your rate is sustainable over a long period of time AND maintainable. A pound a day - over the long haul - is unrealistic. What happened when you went off raw? That pound a day came back.

You don't want to be 100% raw? Don't be 100% raw. Are you happy with the level you're at? Stay that way. Eat in a way that works for YOUR body, and your body will work for you. There's nothing wrong with enjoying quinoa (I love quinoa) or steamed veggies.

Look at how much has changed. You're happy with the way you're eating, you're moving, you're inspiring others, you're growing, your first thought after the disappointment wasn't to go binge. Those are all signs that your new lifestyle is SUSTAINABLE. I think that's way more important than the rate of loss.

I'm not telling you how you should or shouldn't feel. You're disappointed, and that's OK. You're not wrong to feel that way; it's just a feeling. Feel your feelings. Take the time, though, to REALLY look over the whole month. I was going to suggest you go back and re-read your blogs, but you already had that idea.

I think you'll find - maybe not today, maybe not this weekend - that the month was a success in SO many ways.

I, myself, was super excited to see the "8." When I read the title of your blog, I was scared.

Again, I'm so sorry you feel so badly. I really wish I could be there with you.

Remember, this is a time for growth. The times when we feel like crap and want to throw it all away are the times when - if we dig deep and keep on keepin' on anyway - we grow the most.

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MAMASHAWN 8/1/2009 10:34AM

    Eight pounds is nothing to sneeze at! You can't go back, other than to see how to tweak things for the next goal. I know about the whining. I spent yesterday there, myself. But please take a small bit of today to realize that eight pounds gone is eight pounds gone! Do a little happy dance!
Isn't this the first official day of the new year's challenge thing? Picture us, 5-6 months from now, minus 50 (or more) pounds!
I don't want to sound bossy, I just know that beating myself up always sets me back .
Have a great day! You'll hit it next time!
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NICA_LOSN_IT 8/1/2009 10:29AM

    Well first of all, congrats on losing 8 lbs. I know how it feel when you want to lose a certain amount by a certain date, but most of the time the amount is unrealistic. I always get through these trying times by saying that there is someone out there that is going through something worst off than me. Maybe there is someone out there that is doing every thing right and they haven't lost a single pound in a month. Or maybe there is someone out there that has gained 13.2 lbs in a little over a month and and a half (me). So honey take those 8 lbs and be joyful cause there is someone out here that is doing a whole lot worst than you.
This was an encouraging post. I hope that you continue to pass on the encouragement. People like me need it. I am your biggest fan.
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Something for us to ponder on Spark

Friday, July 31, 2009

A Team Member from Done With Being the Fat Girl shared this quote she came across on someone's Facebook. She thought the Team would enjoy it because it can be applied to our weight loss journey. I think we can all benefit from this quote and reflect on how it applies to our journey so I am putting it here for even more people to see.

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” - Bob Moawad

I agree with her. I think that this is the theme that Spark is teaching each and everyone of us to do. It may take some of us a little longer journey but I pray we all get there.

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AHEALTHIERJAN 7/31/2009 11:38PM

    This is a wonderful quote, and it does some Spark up. At the same time, this greater sense of responsibility for yourself comes at the same time as an incredible social network that supports that responsibility. It's not either/or, it's both/and, and I think that's what makes this work. Thanks so much.

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YATMAMA 7/31/2009 11:03PM

    Excellent quote!

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SWITTWER 7/31/2009 4:19PM

    So true! Thanks for sharing!

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FORMENOONEELSE 7/31/2009 2:54PM

    WOW THIS REALLY DOES MAKE U THINK!!!!!

JODI

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GLORYLIGHT57 7/31/2009 1:55PM

    This quote holds a lot of weight...Owning our own destiny is vital for health and happiness. Thanks for sharing.

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LADYSUNBEAM 7/31/2009 1:53PM

    I'm going to put that on my SparkPage, it truly reflects what I have experience this year. Thank you for posting it!!

Sandra

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-TAMI- 7/31/2009 1:27PM

    Wonderful Quote! emoticon

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LINDYPOWER 7/31/2009 12:55PM

    The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.

WOW that is so profound - what a challenge this is to all the married people/committed relationships out there - people who are co-existing with another person and sometimes assimilating their partner's idiosyncrasies, traits, and behavior to co-exist together.

This is another reason why I am so grateful to be alone with my SELF living my own life, which can get lonely at times. Yet, I don't have anyone to lean on, to blame or to rely on. All my little messes I created all on my own. I am the captain of my own ship and the person in charge of my own destiny. Nobody is going to tell me what direction I should trim the sails to head for..........and if there comes a day I am no longer able to have good judgment to know the best choices, I don't want that to be another darn "lesson" that someone tells me I needed to learn. I am getting too old for that rationale. I am done with seeing the traumas, disasters, and heartbreak as "the lessons I have had to learn." In the future, if my judgment is off and I am heading for dangerous waters, I would hope that I have enough support from friends to sit with me and discuss what the most safe and sure way it is that I must take for myself. We were not meant to be without a significant relationship in our lives - we all need that human connection, but it doesn't have to be a co-dependent, unhealthy, clingy one. Two whole people walking side by side each strong enough to be able to live quite well, alone, and sharing some time as ONE, and parting with good feelings, until the next time

is what I pray I can find in one loving kind man before I die.

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BAMATEACHER 7/31/2009 12:46PM

    Oh, wow....I love it. I'm going to print it off and keep it somewhere.

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SUSAN134 7/31/2009 12:19PM

    Perfect quote for us! Thank you so much for sharing! emoticon

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SPARKGINA 7/31/2009 12:12PM

    Thank you for the quote.

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PINK_NEVAEH22 7/31/2009 12:06PM

    Thats a wonderful quote and very true!

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I have grown as a person since joining Spark,

Thursday, July 30, 2009

as my body shrinks in size my mental being is growing. When I first started Spark I did as everyone else does and made my Spark Page. My opening lines were, "Out with dieting and in with healthy eating. It was time to stop fooling around and get healthy. " I made that statement only 2 months ago and that was my goal.

Well, I feel I am living that now. It has become a part of who I am now. My whole attitude has changed along with my new lifestyle. I am more positive in my thinking and so much happier as a person. Yes, this has been a lifestyle change and in order for me to be successful it has to be. This is not just a diet; this is now how I choose to live my life. I t took me 54 years to finally decide that I have to choose Life instead of that pathetic existence I thought was living. I have missed out on so many things in Life due to my weight but that is all changing.

Oh do not get me wrong I am still a work in progress. However, I am convinced now that this time I will succeed. This is going to take a lot of hard work but I am worth it! This is not just a goal it is a way my life now.

  
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SUSAN134 7/31/2009 9:17PM

    Wow...you've "got it" girl!!! So happy that we are Spark friends, as you are a constant source of inspiration and I so enjoy your presence each day!

Hugs to you (from another work in progress)

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/31/2009 8:58PM

    Love this blog.. thanks for speaking out so eloquently. You are 100% correct. This is the final life change and WE are going to do it! Together we're changing in the special beautiful women that we were and ARE destined to be. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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CRYSTALDNEWKIRK 7/31/2009 6:42PM

  Keep of the fine work! You're encouragement to yourself and others!
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-TAMI- 7/31/2009 8:29AM

    That's fantastic!
You're always so upbeat about things here in Spark. Its a pleasure to read your blog and watch your progress.
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AHEALTHIERJAN 7/30/2009 11:50PM

    It is amazing how a simple weight nutrition and exercise tracking tool has turned into a life-changing program. I've only lost 10 pounds, but I feel like a different person. Congratulations to you!! emoticon

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AHEALTHIERJAN 7/30/2009 11:50PM

    It is amazing how a simple weight nutrition and exercise tracking tool has turned into a life-changing program. I've only lost 10 pounds, but I feel like a different person. Congratulations to you!! emoticon

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AHEALTHIERJAN 7/30/2009 11:49PM

    It is amazing how a simple weight nutrition and exercise tracking tool has turned into a life-changing program. I've only lost 10 pounds, but I feel like a different person. Congratulations to you!! emoticon

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DYNAMICDEB53 7/30/2009 7:25PM

    You are doing great and to think you are ahead of me. It took me 55 years to get my head on straighter. emoticon
You just keep moving and grooving and feeling great.
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YATMAMA 7/30/2009 5:07PM

    I can only echo what the others have said, girlfriend. Not one area of my life has gone untouched by the changes wrought in me through this entire SP experience. It's ALL good!!

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BAMATEACHER 7/30/2009 4:05PM

    I am so happy for you!!!!

Do you get to weigh on Saturday????

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LADYSUNBEAM 7/30/2009 1:16PM

    Isn't it amazing how we are transforming our lives! You have made some significant changes and your weight is reflecting it, your blood sugar results are reflecting it and you feel good about yourself... all in 2 months! Unbelievable darling... you are doing so well, you inspire me!
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SUSAN134 7/30/2009 12:27PM

    I know just what you mean!! I can't explain why this time it is different - is it the site? the Spark People?.....whatever it is, it is working!

Keep going with your positive attitude - you are Sparking!!!

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DUMBSKITTY 7/30/2009 11:09AM

    You know, I had this conversation with my dad on Tuesday. I finally felt ready to start talking about the changes I've been making with my family. They're both THRILLED that I'm finally doing something REAL to lose weight. Anyway, I told him that one of my primary reasons for doing this (besides my health and vanity) is that I'm missing out on so much in life. It's such a huge effort do to ANYTHING, let alone the stuff I really WANT to be doing.

So I'm with you. I'm tired of watching my life go by on the sidelines...I want to start LIVING it.

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TATTER3 7/30/2009 9:48AM

    Thanks so much for expressing my thoughts today. We do improve day to day and as you reach out to others, good things always come back. Keep Sparkin'!

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ADELMEYERRM 7/30/2009 9:34AM

    We are all works in progress.

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SUNBEAMJANEAL 7/30/2009 9:32AM

    And along the way you have become such an encouragement to others. Thank you for your friendship and for your ever uplifting support.
Janeal

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KNITSTRONG 7/30/2009 8:49AM

    Fantastic! You're so right about eating healthy being a new lifestyle. It really does all boil down to having a different relationship to food.

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OPERAJAN 7/30/2009 8:32AM

  Awesome! It works when you work it.

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Attitude Sickness

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

emoticon I am so tired this morning but to fit everything in my day I figured let me get some of my Spark stuff taken care of. I went in to read my daily Health Article and I saw Attitude Sickness under the A's. So I said hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm let's check this out, never heard of that before. I mean the whole idea between these health articles is to teach us something new.

Well, I opened it.

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It was about altitude sickness and not attitude sickness. I think I am more asleep than I thought. I started laughing but then I started thinking that maybe we all have attitude sickness at one point in our lives. Somebody really needs to write a health article about this.

So everyone let's get our attitudes in check and on the right track. We always need to have a good attitude if we are going to succeed with our new healthy lifestyles. So with that said my attitude is telling me NOT to go back to bed like I want to but to get my butt ( and yes it is shrinking) to the gym.

So off I go, not to happy about it this morning but I am going. I know I need it and it is good for me

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MAMIEDEE 7/31/2009 12:23PM

    OH LOLOL!!! I was just about to dash over to Health Arti's and read it for myself!!!! Thought it was a splendid topic!!! And it is!!! Maybe we could take up the writing as a team and submit it! Bet it would be a TOP READ!!

Hugs to you 'Nistie!!! I LOVE YOUR ATTITUDE!!!
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YATMAMA 7/30/2009 1:12AM

    Oh, maaaaaaaan, just think how rich we would become if we could devise a vaccine for attitude sickness! LOL

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DYNAMICDEB53 7/29/2009 5:46PM

    emoticon You are so cute really. But would have read an article about attitude sickness. Hope today got better and tonight you will rest well emoticon


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FORMENOONEELSE 7/29/2009 1:56PM

    U GAVE ME A GOOD LAUGH...BUT I THINK UR RIGHT WE ALL HAVE ATTITUDE SICKNESS, AT VARIOUS TIMES.....AND WE MOST DEFINATELY HAVE TO HAVE A POSITIVE ONE TO COMPLETE THIS JOURNEY!!!!

JODI


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SUSAN134 7/29/2009 1:07PM

    LOL, with my wonky eyesight at the moment, I would have seen Attitude Sickness too. Loved how you sequed into the message of your post and loved the post itself!

Wishing you a fabulous day!

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SUNBEAMJANEAL 7/29/2009 10:19AM

    LOL. Attitude Sickness...what an intriquing concept. You are right, AS can totally get in our way when we're on the right track. My hubby and I were actually talking about that last night. How attitude is everything in weight loss (and many other parts of life.) We just keep in mind that quote that states "whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right."

Thanks for your post and I hope you have an extra awesome workout!

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-TAMI- 7/29/2009 9:58AM

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Loved your post today. We all suffer from Attitude Sickness at times.
I think its great that you are going to the gym even though you don't want to.
You've given me the push I needed to do a workout today when I don't want to.


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BAMATEACHER 7/29/2009 9:45AM

    Heehee...That was funny! Sort of like yesterday morning when I was so hungry from Monday's water fast, stepped on the scale and thought I had GAINED like 8 pounds! My eyes finally focused and my heart began beating again, LOL.

Thanks for the story!

And good for you getting your shrinking butt to the gym!

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LADYSUNBEAM 7/29/2009 9:10AM

    Now that's funny... altittude... attitude... you definitely weren't awake.. LOL!! You certainly made a good point though... we all have attitude sickness from time to time. Attitude is such an important component to our weight loss journey... a positive attitude can make things happen and a if you have the duldrums you will get duldrum results. It's all in the 'tude as another Sparker said on her blog last week.
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EMCARROLL 7/29/2009 7:47AM

    thanks for sharing....I enjoyed your blog...it made me smile...

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KLEE46 7/29/2009 6:52AM

    AA-altered attitudes. This is a great post. We are always learning if we are open and flexible and these kind of insights inspire us all. Lovely profile picture.

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I will have no problem drinking my water today...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Oh today is gearing up to be a hot and humid day. I try to drink at least 10 glasses of water each day. It is important to keep flushing all the "crap"out of your system as you fat cells break down. Water is my beverage of choice and I think I may end up at like 15 for today due to the heat. It is only 10:30 AM here on the Jersey coast and I am already up to 6 glasses.

I woke up this morning and when I looked in the mirror brushing my teeth I was amazed at how much clearer my skin looks. I attribute that to all of the water I have been drinking plus all of those delicious fresh fruits and veggies I have been enjoying.

So drink up everybody. It does a body good!

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MAMIEDEE 7/31/2009 12:14PM

    emoticon Bottoms UP!! emoticon

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DUCHOVETTE 7/29/2009 6:42PM

    I have struggled to make water my drink of choice. But it's been good because I won't allow myself a diet coke unless I drink at least 8 glasses. Which, for me, is hard to do...especially when you have to have that morning cup o coffee!:) I have had ONE diet coke in a month. I used to have 2 or 3 a day and that is when I cut back! But I have been drinking my water. I used to be really bad.... I mean, MAYBE 4 glasses of water a week. That was on a good week. It was always diet coke and coffee. I didn't know pee was almost clear!!!! :) Go you!
Amber out.

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DUMBSKITTY 7/29/2009 10:05AM

    You know, I've noticed the SAME thing about my skin since I've started making better food choices and drinking more water. Ever since I started gaining large amounts of weight I've dealt with acne...and not just one or two zitz at a time, but major pizza face.

This summer--with the help of the Clinique Acne Solutions skin care line and a better diet and water--I've noticed my breakouts getting less frequent and less severe. I'm hoping that by starting to eat a vast majority of whole foods in my diet that it will get even better. I used to get compliments on my skin all the time when I was younger. I'd LOVE to be back at that point again!

Way to go with all the water!

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DYNAMICDEB53 7/28/2009 1:38PM

    Yes water is the best drink and so natural too. I also make it my main drink with a side of green tea as a treat.
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LADYSUNBEAM 7/28/2009 1:28PM

    You are so funny! I have been drinking my water too girlfriend... running back and forth to the bathroom... LOL!!

Sandra

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SUSAN134 7/28/2009 1:27PM

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DOSIDOUGH 7/28/2009 11:33AM

    Keep up the good work!

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LIBGIRL22 7/28/2009 11:03AM

    Ahh, I nice cool glass of agua!

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CMCLAIRE 7/28/2009 11:03AM

    Don't you just love that glowy feeling?

Congrats!

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KAREN517779 7/28/2009 10:58AM

  I can easily drink 8 or more glasses of water a day, my question is does it have to be water or can it be like my own made sun tea with decaf tea bags or the flavored water which I really like

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-TAMI- 7/28/2009 10:53AM

    Glug, glug, glug.... I'm drinking my water!
I have been getting a ton of compliments on my skin and the glow that I have lately. I agree that its because of the fruits, veggies and water.
I bombed last week and didn't eat healthy and I can see and feel the difference.
You're doing such a great job. I'm proud of you! emoticon

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