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Please read this if you are struggling it may help

Thursday, March 28, 2013

This is my how I lost the weight and I am hoping it helps you. The first thing is you have to start being honest with yourself. You know you need to lose weight and you know that involves changing your eating habits and your exercise habits.

Step 1 Stop dieting. Change your relationship with food. Food is fuel. You need fats, carbohydrates, and protein and in my opinion a small square of dark chocolate almost daily. I am serious about this. I eat mostly fruits, veggies, and legumes. I do eat small quantities of meat but less often than I eat the other stuff (note this works for me not everyone). Sit down enjoy your food and be mindful of what you are eating. Log your food and log it maybe forever if you have to, I may have to I am an emotional eater! Speaking of that get the emotions in check start thinking is this bag of chips worth the guilt I will feel later just to satisfy this emotion now. Phone a friend, go for a walk but put down the emotional comfort food. Cut the processed garbage down, out whatever it is a waste of calories. Drink water and eat things with the least amount of ingredients on the package.

Step 2 Exercise consistently. Exercise does not mean go running if you hate running. Find something you love. For example I love playing racquetball with the fiancé. Walking, dancing, lifting weights, sports of sorts there are lots of options the point is get moving and do it daily. I do run and I strength train, I have to do the combination to lose weight.

Step 3 I have to, I will say this again, I have to, weigh myself daily. If you are someone who is prone to backsliding I recommend this contrary to what everyone tells you because I believe (I am not an expert mind you) I believe that knowing your weight fluctuations and knowing when your weight is getting out of control is very important. I swing up and down 2 lbs all of the time FYI but if it starts creeping up to 5lbs. I know it is time to check the sodium and the food log and put the brakes on where they need to be put on.


Take what you will from this I hope that it gets your gears going and will help you figure out how to get on the right path. I am not an expert this is what works for me but give it a try if you think it may give you what you are missing

  
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MIRFA71 3/30/2013 3:20PM

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How kind of your to share your success steps with us all. There is a saying that what we give away we get to keep and I do hope your will be able to keep your success since I know getting there is one challenge and keeping it off another.

I really appreciate you my spark friend and will take with me all your tips. You are now in my heart and prayers for being such a wonderful friend.

Thank you again.
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TCANNO 3/29/2013 5:43AM

    I think you have hit the nail on the head.

I also would add that winter is a set back depending on the weather. If you feel that life is rough go for a walk or just do something to take your mind off of it but don't eat .

You are doing well and all this is working for you


Have a good Easter.


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PANDAEVA 3/28/2013 10:59PM

    It's true, the food tracker is extremely helpful. I'm very slowly loosing weight, but it mostly has to do with the way I eat. I don't really exercise, but I know I should. I guess I just haven't found the right thing for me yet. But I do try to pay attention to what I've been eating. And the weight has started to come off, very slowly, but it is.

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VIOLINWOMAN 3/28/2013 9:41PM

    What works for you is also what is working for me, although I''m not there yet. Thank you for the thoughts--it helps me to know that if I keep on keeping on, I will be successful! emoticon

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HAWTGRANNY2014 3/28/2013 7:54PM

    Thanks. it is true that what works for one might not work for you. Personally I love the food tracker and I try to do the exercise videos. We have a split team challenge in 55+ladies team and it really helps to motivate me to keep going.
Have a great day and thanks for sharing your plan.

"hands across spark people...season of hope." pass it on

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MOTLORAC 3/28/2013 7:00PM

    Thanks for the simple and concise ideas.
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Another big accomplishment!!!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Okay so I have lost 100lbs cool but I met another goal. My body fat percentage is now low enough that if I were still in the Army I would pass body fat percent. This has been a big big goal for me! I'm not getting back in I am just happy that I could if I wanted too!

  
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CARLANNIE 4/1/2013 8:00PM

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KLAD_COCKERS 3/29/2013 6:57PM

    Wow, that's awesome! GREAT job!

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LOVINGAFRICA 3/28/2013 3:26PM

    That is just awesome!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/28/2013 2:10PM

    that is great love i know how badly you wanted that goal. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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INSPIRATIONAL3 3/28/2013 1:35PM

    Thank you for being so inspirational to me. Wld love to know how you did it since I am struggling continually...mostly from stressful eating....(was in large devastating fire to my home all issues for 3 yrs straight) not making excuses that this should justify but I keep on losing large amount 50 and sometimes 60 then gaining it back again. Any advice I wld appreciate.

Congrats on your wonderful success may it be yours to keep always.
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FIRECOM 3/28/2013 1:30PM

    This is really a great milestone for you or anyone else. Congratulations. Keep us posted on your progress.

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Face progression pics

Sunday, March 24, 2013


The one on the left is fairly close to my starting weight, the one on the right is about 50lbs lost

This is my face this morning before work.

  
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SOPHIEMAE2007 3/27/2013 9:24AM

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KLAD_COCKERS 3/26/2013 11:02AM

    You look fantastic! GREAT job!

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TCANNO 3/25/2013 9:56AM

    You are doing very well, keep going

Gave a good week
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SHINYZALATA 3/25/2013 4:41AM

    looking amazing :)

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DOLPHINSINGER72 3/24/2013 7:33PM

    That is AWESOME. I love it that we lose the weight in our faces. :) I am so going to need a new license when I am done with my transformation. The cops won't believe it is me. LOL :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRSKATEDUVALL 3/24/2013 6:04PM

    Love the difference!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon on your 50lbs lost!!!!

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MICHELLE2343 3/24/2013 5:11PM

    That's awesome! I was just looking at my driver's license the other day and noticed a big difference between then and now. Isn't it a great feeling?
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The Athlete Within

Saturday, March 23, 2013

When I was younger I played every sport there was out there. I was good at most of them while I was never the top athlete I was alway "athletic." Long story short I got fat, I got a fair amount smaller and started competing in half marathons, triathlons...okay I started doing them. I played different pick up sports and even "schooled" some of the guys I work with in basketball. I started playing racquetball with a friend and then the fiance. Even though I have been doing all of these athletic things I haven't felt like a athlete or athletic. There were moments where there would be a glimmer of the athlete but only a fleeting glimpse. I have finally shed weight to a point where I am not far off of my "athletic" version of me. I am also finally feeling the part of the athlete. I did my tactical range course at work and I felt fluid during it, I didn't feel awkward. Last night was probably my biggest breakthrough the fiance and I were playing racquetball and I was doing well, but then he let out a little secret that for the first time he was actually keeping tabs on the score. Big mistake. Competition mode set in for me and a game that was even up until then became me going all "athletic" and I was on fire not missing balls, balancing, jumping, racing to low shots all the way across the court. From the point he told me there was a score being kept until the end I pretty much dominated. On the drive home he told me he was very impressed he was playing his butt off and getting crushed. He said that I have really been improving athletically in the past couple weeks and the truth is I have been feeling glimmers of it, but last night I felt it full on.
I am excited to see how this athlete can do in triathlons this year (first tri of the year is Olympic distance on June 6), I can't wait to knock out a half marathon and keep improving. And I really want to do a marathon, an obstacle run, and I want to start playing competitive volleyball again. I have done all of these different races but it is like they were just training runs and the training wheels were on now I want nothing more than to push my boundaries of comfort and watch my times drop and actually become a competitor.

  
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KLAD_COCKERS 3/25/2013 11:02AM

    WOOHOO!!!!!!! You're doing awesome!

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    Go girl go! So excited for you... emoticon

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TCANNO 3/23/2013 7:25PM

    Well done, keep going and you will do it.

I had thought of running a half marathon but this bad weather has put me off. Maybe when it gets to summer I may have a change of mind. Don't let my negative thoughts put you off because you are way a head of me.


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COOP9002 3/23/2013 1:08PM

    Awesome to see that you have found your inner athlete. Sounds like you are gaining more and more confidence on this journey.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/23/2013 12:55PM

    way to go love.i remember the day when i used to be a athelete too but not too certain i eant to go back exactly to that too much disapline and sacrafice but i would love to be atheletic again and that i see myself getting nearer and nearer to.or i was anyway before i started getting rid of all theese viral infections i anīt seem to kick.remember though the only person you need to compete against is yourself and your own personal best and always trying to beat or better it.i know this you can and will do constantly.keep on keeping on.proud f you love. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Miracle Diet???

Monday, March 18, 2013

I thought I would share something that worked for me. I actually added calories to my diet. After being told by a trainer and a doctor to only eat 1200 calories I had tried to keep my calories at that level only to find that it was not working. I now vary my calories, my main goal is 1500 calories I shoot for 2 days where I am right on the money with that and on days where I exercise hard I eat up to 1800 calories. I make sure that my food comes mainly in the form of fruits, veggies, nuts, fish, and dark chocolate. Yes that last one is true (one little square almost daily). I make sure not to eat back my exercise calories but I do allow my body to refuel itself.
The reality is there is no miracle diet but you don't have to starve to death or deprive yourself completely. I find that my dose of dark chocolate does wonders for me. I find that lots of fruits and veggies are the key for me and I eat significantly more than recommended servings of fruits and veggies. I also find ways to make things that are "indulgences" healthier and when dining out I use the app on my phone to research my best choices for food ( the calorie king book is also good for this if you don't have the phone app). Hope at least one person finds something useful in this blog. Happy Spark journey!!

  
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KBRADFORD88 3/19/2013 11:58AM

    Good post. I did Weight Watchers and there was this whole research on this very concept...changing it up and confusing your body. Most people are familiar with it in regards to exercise but forget it with eating. The one I saw encouraged going way over one day and a little under one day to confuse the body. Good luck. emoticon

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KLAD_COCKERS 3/19/2013 11:03AM

    Fantastic post! People are wanting to see a change so quickly that they drop their calories as low as they can. Unfortunately the body doesn't like that, and it can actually result in weight gain. Your flexibility with your calories is awesome, and you're obviously very aware of what goes in your mouth in relation to the calories you're burning. Awesome!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/19/2013 8:36AM

    emoticon emoticon thta is what this journey is all about to find what works best for you as an individual not what people ztell you.we all have to find our own way in this journey as we are the one who has to be able to live with it for life.i also have the occasional treat but work it into my calorie count.the only thing i have liturally banned is crisps as i know i canīt stop at one and here in germany they only sell the big packet.i also banned diet cola for several months till i knew i could then cope with the occassional one and know i wouldnīt get addicted now i will have it when out(very rarelythat i am out)and only if they have no fizzy water firstin the cafe.also will have it when ill like now when i am sweating so much and donīt feel like eating then i have it to help keep me hydated as sometimes when i am ill the water has a metallic taste.but after drinking nearly three litres a day ,every day i am pleased that now i can take it or leave it even after having one drink.one day i might feel that way about crisps but till i feel confident to do that i leave it out.havenīt had a crisp in 7 months now but still have a craving for it everytime i see a packet in a shop so know it is not safe to try it yet.so proud of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TCANNO 3/18/2013 7:35PM

    That one person is me. It has answered a question, I have been living on 2130 and working out hard. I have been going over a few times and still lost weight. In fact last November I went 1500 cals over on a night out and still lost a kilo.

I do mainly keep to my cals but there are time when it is hard.
The chocolate does help to fuel as long as you don't go mad.

I have now reached my goal and I am trying to hold my weight, so far so good.

Good luck to you as it seems to be working.

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