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It's me again.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Hello, everybody. Your infamous "Start-Over-Again Lady" is back. This time, I hope to stay in touch via the SparkPeople App thanks to now having an Android smart-phone.

My husband's brother died on December 18 and we had to put their mother in a nursing home. On top of that, my favorite uncle passed away in late February.

Due to these two things and NOT watching what I eat, I weigh 230 pounds. That's my highest weight EVER! Any help and/or encouragement will be appreciated.

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JAVAGAL47 4/18/2014 11:36PM

    emoticon You surely aren't alone, coming back to Spark. I have been back and forth since '06. This time I am staying and though it will take a long time, I intend to make my goal. We are here for you, come often and let us know how you are doing. This is such a great group of encouraging and supporting people!! Sending best wishes and hugs, Betty emoticon emoticon

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TISHTOES 3/22/2014 7:11PM

    Same for me. But encourage yourself by taking small steps. Keep moving forward and don't beat yourself up for the lapses. Just keep going!

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BROADBRUSH 3/18/2014 5:33PM

    it is good you realize you need to get back to yourself. don't think about the numbers on the scale. just take baby steps everyday - i am sure you have done this a thousand times.
remember you are under stress and grieving and be kind to yourself. this does not mean over eating or eating everything in sight - but just being patient.
be so prepared for every day - make sure you always have good eats in the house and take advantage of all the support you can get.
you will succeed - do not put time limits on yourself - just take care of the days and the weeks will do themselves.

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DJ4HEALTH 3/11/2014 1:39AM

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RAINBOWFALLS 3/10/2014 8:57AM

    emoticon I understand the stress eating issue. I too have been struggling trying to get myself back on track. I suggest making one small change and going from there. Best of luck

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"Start-Over-Again Lady" is back Again!

Friday, September 27, 2013

I don't know why I go wandering off from SparkPeople so often, but I'm back - for a while, at least. I weigh about 214-215 which seems to be a very common weight for me. Maybe it's some sort of "plateau" because I have weighed 209 a few times but always went back up to 214.

I made a new list of Spark "Diet Rewards" including a slightly higher weight as my Final GOAL and I will try to post that soon.

If you want to know what else I have done since April, check out Theresa's Blog !

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SUNNY2010 9/30/2013 1:22AM

    Good to see you back here! I had a set back too (a couple of them) and gained. But it feels good to return to SP. Good luck on your journey to a healthier you!

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LINDA! 9/29/2013 6:09PM

    emoticon Happy you are back and best wishes on your journey.

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RAINBOWFALLS 9/29/2013 5:42PM

    emoticon all we an do is keep trying - glad you are back

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JEFALLEN 9/28/2013 10:22AM

    Welcome back! In the words of Vince Lombardi, "ďItís not whether you get knocked down, itís whether you get up.Ē


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UMBILICAL 9/27/2013 8:38PM

  Be back and be welcome.

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Starting over for the umpteenth time.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

It's the "Start-Over-Again Lady." I think that's a pretty good nickname for me.

I decided to come back and give SparkPeople another try. Funny thing is, I'm at or very near the weight I was before I left.

This time I bought an e-Book version of THE SPARK (by our founder), and I'm pretty sure it will help me stay on track.

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    Most of us have started over many times. Each time we learn something new we didn't know before.

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CARRIEDD 4/25/2013 11:43AM

    you can do it!!! Just keep getting back up that is what counts!!!!!! emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 4/25/2013 10:00AM

    emoticon Just keep trying and it will make a difference

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JEFALLEN 4/24/2013 9:03PM

    Hey welcome back, and remember

"It doesnít matter how many times you fall; itís the number of times you get back up again that count"


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Hey, I'm back and starting over -- AGAIN.

Friday, December 28, 2012

emoticon for all the comments on my last post. When I can convince myself to exercise, I have to admit that it helps with the stress!

I finally decided to come back to SparkPeople today. At first, I considered making a new account so that I could use Spark Coach for free. However, I figured I wouldn't use it more than three times which is the same amount of times I used it before.

On the other hand, I did Start Over on my weight-loss goals because I managed to gain back all the weight I had lost before. That's right, I weigh 216.6 pounds which is approximately where I started last time.

My weight-loss goals are extremely simple, at least for now.
1). I intend to exercise for 15-30 minutes at least three times per week!
2). I plan to cut down on sweets! My new limit will be two servings per day (which is a lot better than eating as many as I want)!

That's it. These two things are all I'm going to attempt for the next month! Once I can make a habit of this, I will add a couple more. However, I do NOT intend to ever make a rule that requires me to record everything I eat because that is just setting myself up for failure!

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MARYM63 12/31/2012 11:16AM

    that's the way to do it. Small steps. You will get there.


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RAINBOWFALLS 12/30/2012 7:06AM

    Great goals - as time goes on I'm sure you will add more.

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JEFALLEN 12/29/2012 2:34PM

    I am not sure I would call it starting over. Hey we have all fallen at one time or another (hence part of my user name).

Here is a link to a video featuring the poem, "The Race", by D.H. Groberg, that sums it up far better that I ever could. Just copy it to your browser.

Have a Happy, Prosperous, and Healthy New Year!

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KINEPS 12/29/2012 7:35AM

    Glad to have you back. One day at a time - emoticon and we are all here for you!


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SLIMGRAM2 12/29/2012 7:27AM

    You are doing the right thing, little goals and adding to them. It has worked for me in the past. Looking forward to seeing you add more goals to your journey. You are not in this alone. emoticon . I'm starting over too. So let's keep in contact! emoticon emoticon

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TRESA7 12/28/2012 8:21PM

    Candice293, perhaps my middle name should be "starting over" too. Whenever I "fall down" on any goal or trying to form a routine, I usually sit down and make out a new list of what to do.

This is definitely better than quitting, but I often waste time making lists that are extremely similar to the one I gave up on. This is probably the first time I've gone from having four or five "goals" to only stating two. I'm hoping I can follow those two and not give up again.

Also, thanks to everyone else that commented on this post already. It makes me feel good.

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LYNCHD05 12/28/2012 6:52PM

    Good for you making goals that work for you. We look forward to watching your progress.

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BRADIA 12/28/2012 4:56PM

    Good for you. It is never too late for a new beginning.
Welcome back.. i just did the same last month and here I am, tracking my everyday meals. I am sure you will be doing the same.

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CANDICE293 12/28/2012 1:14PM

    Starting over is my middle name. I am constantly starting over I think in the new year though I will restart all my goals and try to stick with it this time. I think you have really good goals to stick too! Good luck and keep us posted. :)


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ITSMATT 12/28/2012 1:09PM

    Hi there!

Today's a GREAT DAY to make positive choices.

I like that you don't have "weight by a date" goals listed. Hard to control those. Getting exercise and watching what you eat are good ones.

I'm someone who tracks everything and finds it pretty easy to do so. Been doing that for 50-some days now and I'm at a point where it takes less than 5 minutes a day to do it. I like to do it primarily so I can see the statistics on what I'm eating. I'm not very good at knowing how much X is in a food - calories, sodium, fat, etc. So that helps me.

I look forward to hearing about your progress!

Make it a great day!

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What should I do???

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hello, everybody. I'm sorry I haven't been on here for so long! I've really had a rough time lately!!

I am seriously thinking about canceling this account!! I just have NO motivation anymore!! I can't form any routines and believe me, I've tried!

Part of this is because I've been looking for a job! Part of it is because my mother-in-law broke her hip and for the last two-and-a-half weeks, stress has been almost constant!!

Friends, I especially apologize for asking you to"remind" me to keep track of my food and then not even signing-in to get your e-mail. I unchecked the box for receiving e-mails when I receive Spark Mail

I managed to lose two pounds -- mostly because I've eaten little or no lunch for most of those 2-1/2 weeks. However, I honestly wonder -- should I start over, AGAIN or should I cancel this account and try to lose weight on my own??????


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VUKONPAU 10/28/2012 4:10PM

    Hey Kiddo; don't lose heart. I just put in info on our progressive walk but I'm not tracking food or exercise daily as I don't have the time either. Remember that we are flexible creatures and can increase or decrease involvement as time and energy permit. It's really okay.

Just take some time for yourself each chance you get because that may not be daily either- and remember,we are all here working through our issues - together.

Take care and I hope to see you on the flip side- let's think HEALTH not poundage. emoticon

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JEFALLEN 10/24/2012 9:01PM

    I pretty much agree with everyone else. I just want to remind you of a Mother Theresa quote, "To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it." Don't forget to take care of yourself too.

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TAMMYELAINE1 10/24/2012 5:28PM

    Small steps -over and over again produce posiitve results. One step a day is all it takes to be successful.. YOU can do this! One little bit at a time.

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ELAYNE39 10/24/2012 9:58AM

    Life is complicated. Maybe right not is not a great time to focus on weight loss, but it is ALWAYS the right time to focus on YOU! Rather than trying to do it all, focus on just doing healthy things. With the level of stress you have during this period, getting in some walking will help. Focus on making healthy eating choices, but don't fret tracking for now. To taking care of others requires we take care of ourselves. Maybe you can't give yourself 100% right now, but you do need to take care of you. Rather than just completely abandoning the journey, just focus on overall healthy things for yourself. It's not starting over, its just continuing the journey differently.

What ever you decide, I hope you will be happy and healthy. Good Luck!

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/24/2012 7:50AM

    Just try to make small changes and if you don't have time to siign in don't put that pressure on yourself. Good Luck

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    It's not a decision anyone can make for you. As with anything else in life, listen to your heart and follow. Best of luck to you! emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 10/24/2012 12:54AM

    Very good rethinking. When trying to change our lifestyle rather than just diet, one of the more important things to ask is whether the change we're making is something we can willingly do "for the rest of our life". If it isn't, then it may not be a workable change to make - at least not right now.

It can really help to start with small doable goals. Kind of like strength training for our mind, the more goals you can set and meet, the stronger your ability and motivation to work toward more challenging goals.


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TRESA7 10/23/2012 11:17PM

    Thank you, Julie. I have read several "Success Tips" for ideas and I decided that Starting Over with Very Small steps sounds like my best option!!

I usually try to make 3-4 Major changes and that just isn't working. When I ask too much of myself, I'm setting myself up for failure.

From now on, I'm just going to meet one or (at most) two goals for 21 days!! I read one suggestion which stated that it took 21 days to form a new habit and several that said to start with one teeny-tiny step -- even as small as reducing sugar intake by 1/2 teaspoon!! I would never have thought to go that small because I was thinking I had to give up sugar entirely (or at least cut it in half)!

Watch for another blog post Very Soon and keep in contact, okay?


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JUMPINJULIE 10/23/2012 9:32PM

    I think leaving wouldn't help you to feel better or less stressed.

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