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Doing my best to maintain my weight and my sanity

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Guess who hasnít blogged in nearly 3 months.

Iíve been super busy playing the part of a turtle hiding in its shell.

Letís back up a bit, shall we? I started hoarding candy right after Halloween last year. But I was eating it in a very controlled way. Then the ďcontrolledĒ part went all to hell somewhere between Christmas and Valentineís. In spite of that, I reached my goal weight of 140 pounds in early February. I then proceeded to completely lose my mind. Like I said in a blog in April, I was eating like my starting weight was actually my goal weight.

I didnít start gaining weight right away, but when it did happen, it happened quickly. To the tune of 25 pounds in less than 4 months.

Now for nearly 2 months, since the end of June, I seem to be holding in the neighborhood of 165 pounds. Iím still working on keeping things from getting too extreme, whether that be obsessive-compulsive calorie counting or binge eating chocolate or cookies.

I canít say at this point when or if I will work towards getting back down to my lowest weight. Success for me right now is maintaining where I am - 115 pounds down from where I started.

Drink water. Eat fruits and veggies. Move your body. Get some sleep.

Take care of yourselves, SparkPeeps.

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ERNOINACTION 8/28/2014 12:38PM

    Glad to hear from you. We all have our ups and downs. Unfortunately sometimes if feels like the ups come quicker. Getting back on track is key and I know you can do it! Best, E

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SUBMOM2 8/28/2014 11:01AM

    Many of my routines have fallen apart this summer, but I'm giving it all some thought this week and I plan to have some new goals set for September. Maintaining a loss of 115 pounds is absolutely a win. You are stronger than you know.

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ICEDEMETER 8/28/2014 10:57AM

    Losing the initial weight = success.
Pulling in the reins when things were going south = success.
Maintaining for a couple of months = success.
NOT hitting the extremes = success.
Awareness of where you're at = success.
Taking care of YOU, in the way that's right for you right now = success.

It's a big learning curve to figure out a comfortable balance for weight maintenance, and I doubt anyone gets it right first try and forever. Our bodies change, our lives change, and stuff happens - and we will always have to adjust that balance for what works "right here - right now".

Regardless of whether you choose to go back to the "lowest attainable weight" or stay at "comfortable maintenance weight", you have definitely achieved "success".

Soooo glad to have you back blogging and sharing and keeping it real!

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VERSESTHATHURT 8/28/2014 10:28AM

    I don't know how much this helps, but I don't think it's that uncommon. I've read several blogs where people drop back in to sabotage mode once they hit their goal weight.

115 pounds is nothing to scoff at, and you should be proud of what you've accomplished. You did it once, and you can get back to your goal weight and nail it this time! You can do this!

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LAILATN 8/28/2014 10:00AM

    I'm really glad to see your blog post! 115 pounds down is amazing!

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2014TODAY 8/28/2014 6:24AM

    Glad to see you post! I've been thinking about you.
It would be interesting (I think) to look at what made the 'control' go to hell.I think you did an awesome job losing all that weight. Maintenance may be a very different ball game than weight loss (I wouldn't know!). Would it maybe help to talk to other 'maintainers'?

I so agree with this: "Drink water. Eat fruits and veggies. Move your body. Get some sleep."
That is what it comes down to. Be it that often I think the 'get sleep' part should be nr. 1!
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MSHEL7 8/27/2014 11:43PM

    I think sometimes we have to accomplish the sitting still before we can continue on. I've found that a few times in my journey. There are times when I just can't continue on the way I have been and I just back off and let myself be and then a month or so later I can deal with it again. I hope this plan of attack works for you, I'm sure it will in fact. You can do it.

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FINCHFEEDER80 8/27/2014 8:48PM

    Wow, it doesn't seem like it's been that long. Nice to hear from you. Sounds like you're keeping a level head about the whole thing. I know you'll figure out exactly what you want and how to get there. You've got this!!

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ALICIA363 8/27/2014 8:27PM

    Good to see you back on the blogs!

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KNEEMAKER 8/27/2014 7:58PM

  Keep on keeping on! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/27/2014 6:56PM

    Wow, you have done great overall and even during this time, maintain the awareness of where you're at. That's a big one.

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handy-dandy strawberry tongs

Friday, May 30, 2014

After my post about strawberries yesterday, I was commenting to a couple SparkFriends about the tongs I use to hull my beloved strawberries.

I think they were designed for olives. But with the little teeth at the end they work beautifully for hulling strawberries. I pick off the leaves with my fingers, then stab the tongs in, squeeze, twist and pull. Presto.

I got them years ago at a store called The Alley. Amazon had them for a while but I could not find them yesterday when I searched for them there.

Edited to add:

Amazon does have them! amzn.com/B000MYFIEW

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/30/2014 2:05PM

    Very cool!

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ICEDEMETER 5/30/2014 12:45PM

    What a great idea! The only other tool I've ever seen for that was at a specialty kitchen gadget store: http://www.chefn.com/Product.aspx?i

Of course, long fingernails work too (although it does make a nail brush an absolute necessity)!

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FINCHFEEDER80 5/30/2014 12:20PM

    those are awesome! And probably much less waste than I have trying to eat around the leaves and stem!

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DANALMILLAN 5/30/2014 12:06PM


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strawberry junkie

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Some people may look in their recycle bin and see soda cans or beer bottles and realize they have a problem.

Mine is full of strawberry boxes. At $23 a flat (12 pints per flat and I eat 2 or 3 pints a day) it is not a cheap habit.

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GYPSYGOTH 5/30/2014 8:08AM

    Dang. They're $4/pint here. Lucky you!
Since it's strawberry season, might as well enjoy them! emoticon

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SUBMOM2 5/29/2014 5:58PM

    I love strawberries. Eat them and enjoy them while they are here!

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/29/2014 2:08PM

    OMG, I can relate. I am a berry addict and have recently gotten great prices on blue and blackberries. Which I eat to excess. (smiling)

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UNSWEETMAMA 5/29/2014 1:58PM

    @ICEDEMETER I'll let you know in September when the stand I go to closes. I don't remember what happened last year. I must have blocked it out.

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UNSWEETMAMA 5/29/2014 1:53PM

    @CHRISTINATODAY I enjoy the taste very much. In fact, I get cranky if people try to talk to me and distract me. I bite them in half and look at the colors inside and the way each seed has a little vein. The bigger ones have a hollow place inside. The riper ones are softer in my fingers and are more fragrant... I have special tongs I use to hull them - I think they are for olives actually, but they work perfectly to remove the place where the stem was connected but leave the berry intact.
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2014TODAY 5/29/2014 1:27PM

    Just one question: do you enjoy the taste consciously when you eat them? emoticon

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ICEDEMETER 5/29/2014 1:21PM

    I'm jealous, too - I'm paying over double that right now (our local ones won't be ripe for many weeks yet), so am doling them out to myself 100g at a time...

So what are the "rules" to be considered a "junkie"? Will you share your strawberries with family and friends, or do you hoard them in different hiding spots so they can't find them? Do you find yourself sneaking off at various times of the day or night to get a "fix"? Do you deprive yourself of other things so that you can keep up your supply? Do you get physical / emotional symptoms when you've gone too long without some (shakes, nausea, headaches, crankiness)?

More importantly - is there treatment available (what would be the methadone equivalent for this --- raspberries? fake jam?) and what happens if you OD????

Just asking for education purposes... not at all because our season is coming up. Nope. Not at all.... emoticon emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/29/2014 1:07PM

    Bwahahahaha!!! emoticon

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SDSWTP 5/29/2014 11:35AM

    Nice! (I have the same habit, but can't find them in this quantity...I'm jealous!)

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A Walk in the Vines

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Today my mom and I participated in a walk to raise autism awareness.

As the title suggests, the walk was held in a vineyard.

It was pretty warm out (highs have been nearing 100 įF the last few days), but it was fun and we treated ourselves to a relaxing brunch on the patio of a Mediterranean restaurant afterwards.

Learn more about autism at www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

The event was organized by the Our Nicholas Foundation.

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HOLLYM48 5/11/2014 7:26AM

    Way to go. You look awesome. Congrats on your success here at SP!

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BEEAUTIFULDAY 5/10/2014 4:06PM

    Congrats to you and Mom. Great cause. Love the pix :)

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/5/2014 4:29PM

    So glad you and your Mom participated in that together! A great time, in a great place, for a great cause! It doesn't get much better than that...

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    Wow what at awesome place for walk!

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FINCHFEEDER80 5/5/2014 9:19AM

    Oh what a cool venue for a walk! I love the pic of you and your mom, too cute!

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KANOE10 5/5/2014 8:20AM

    That is a great cause. What a pretty walk.


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2014TODAY 5/5/2014 7:10AM

    Well done! How nice that you did this together with your mother!

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SUBMOM2 5/5/2014 1:34AM

    Good for you!

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DMEYER4 5/4/2014 7:19PM

  congrats on your walk for such a great cause. keep up the good work

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calorie wise and pound foolish

Monday, April 21, 2014

In my last blog, I was talking about the fact that I had bought myself a single cookie and was mildly freaked out about it.

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There have been many cookies since that day. There have been many PACKAGES of cookies since that day.

For the last couple/few weeks I have been eating like my starting weight was actually my goal weight. It has not been pretty.

But I'm still here. Still trying to work through it.

I've gained a few pounds. My pants are too tight. But I'm here. Riding the wave and trying to get my bearings.

It's Monday and I haven't had any cookies since Friday. I have made other poor choices (6 granola bars on Saturday, for instance) but I'm working on it.

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/4/2014 6:59PM

    How nice!

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BEEAUTIFULDAY 4/25/2014 3:43PM

    Been away for a while, but still with you in spirit.

Love the wave.. Thinking of you, been away for awhile, and it's tough. I had a bday celeb yesterday, and ended up eating 3 cupcakes. Just going to move on and start fresh, will you do it with me?

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WHOVIAN3 4/23/2014 8:10AM

    that pic is great! I have to go back to basics,my water intake has been bad,which is causing me to eat more,and leads to poor choices. Sorta like a gateway drug lol! But I am now trying to focus,and hydrate. Its never easy... and when you start to feel it is seems to be when you slip!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/22/2014 1:38PM

    You'll get it figured out girlie!!! Love the graphic by the way!

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SUBMOM2 4/22/2014 1:22PM

    A couple slip-ups don't define you. Remember the analogy you've probably read on Spark and elsewhere - when you're driving and get a flat tire, you don't stop the trip, or get rid of the car, etc. No. You fix the tire, and continue on your way.

Clearly, I'm not a writer, but hopefully you get the idea. There is some kind of rough patch going on, but you can handle it and continue on your journey.

You are worth the effort.

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ADARKARA 4/21/2014 6:50PM

    just last night I gorged on 2 pieces of iced lemon pound cake. we can do this!

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SUEPERWOMAN 4/21/2014 6:10PM

I'm sorry, honey. If you want to talk, I'm here!

Love, Sue

(if you want, email me and I will send you my private email address)

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MILLYDALLY 4/21/2014 5:45PM

    Nothing wrong with a little cookie. The problem is a whole bag of cookies (which, unfortunately, I can do...).
But I know what you are feeling... it may be that we want so badly to get back to losing the weight (it seemed so easy and quick!!) that we don't have the patience to build the momentum we need. I am trying- and I hope this idea helps!

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2014TODAY 4/21/2014 3:00PM

    I'm so sorry. What is happening?
I often recommend the Living Binge Free team to others. Don't know if it would work for you but maybe you'd like to check it out. I found a lot of insights and support there. They have an 'hour commitment' thread for example, where you can post for how long after a meal you won't eat. That has often worked for me.

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FINCHFEEDER80 4/21/2014 1:49PM

    Oh my god, that picture is perfect! That's about how I've been feeling lately, too. I'm stress eating more and more as our closing date gets closer. And it's mostly not even junk, it's just too much of everything!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 4/21/2014 1:29PM

    emoticon no doubt about it!

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