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15th April 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

wow so much support for me, it is incredible. Yes I know I have put in the work but if it wasn't for all of the support that I receive on here, I would not be here, I would have given up in probably the first few months. Like every other time I started on a diet. This is a way of life.

I have had a fabulous 4 days with the grandchildren but I must admit today I did not do anything exciting with them. Just so tired but this is a good tiredness.
I know have earnt this one. LOL. But Brodie (8 year old one) did tell me that he loves doing things with me.

I did have more of a rest day today, needed it.

Exercise class tomorrow afternoon. I will start to answer my replies tomorrow.
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/18/2012 8:08PM

    Grandchildren always make everything so much better.
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CBEVNOW 4/16/2012 4:48AM

    A little word from a grand child makes it all worth while.
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ASHENPOND 4/15/2012 9:50PM

    Enjoy and then relax!

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    Have a lovely relaxing day my friend !! .
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TRYINGHARD1948 4/15/2012 6:49PM

    Enjoy, relax and rejuvenate.

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POPSY190 4/15/2012 5:20PM

    Great that you are so positive. Have a good day today resting! Don't overdo the exercise class. emoticon

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MENNOLY 4/15/2012 11:54AM

    I love your cheerful spirit! God bless you and may you continue to enjoy your grandkids! Have a great week!

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JILL313 4/15/2012 10:54AM

    You are such a good role model for your GKs and all of us. I love how much you enjoy being active in having fun with your Grandies--and they love it too. I'm sure you do need to rest up today as you want the strength to continue to do well this week.

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Jill

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ORCHIDLADY56 4/15/2012 10:08AM

    Your grandchildren sure do love you! Glad you had a good time!

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OPALMOON 4/15/2012 10:02AM

    You sure earned a day of rest Wendy! You will be able to recharge again and have a lovely weekend to reflect back on.

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CTEMPLE 4/15/2012 9:09AM

    Best reward (what Brodie said)
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1CRAZYDOG 4/15/2012 9:06AM

    Glad you had such a wonderful time w/the grandies. I imagine you need a rest!!

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570 days of Sparks

Saturday, April 14, 2012

wow 570 days of Sparking. I have changed so much, it has been incredible. I have grown and so many people on Sparks have seen me grow. I have had many ups and downs but my downs are getting fewer and fewer and longer between.I am only human and will make mistakes but I do learn from them. It has become a way of life now.

I know I haven't lost as much weight as I would have liked and as you know this does get me down occassionally. Being realistic I have probably got too many health problems to lose weight consistantly. I have had one Specialist make the comment that I will not lose weight and any that I do lose I will have to fight for it. But I am fitter, healthier and stronger than i have been for many a long year.

My life has inproved to the extent that I can now play with the grandchildren. I took them to the playground again today for 2 hours.

I have still got the health problems but many things have improved as well.

1. blood pressure is now down to the lowest it has been for a long time
2. sugar is also low now.
3. back is so much better now.
4. Breathing is better
5. No fog on the brain. Thinking clearer
5. have energy
6. I now do have plans
7. I am now at peace with me.
8. less aches and pains.
9. I am worth it.
10. exercise more often
11. enjoy life.

These are only a few, there would be a lot more. There has been no time in my life that I have ever looked after me for so long.

In a really good place.
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/18/2012 8:07PM

    AWESOME!!! You are dong a great job. Keep it up!!!

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SUSANHGREENE 4/17/2012 7:53AM

    Great blog!!! You've really captured what sparking is all about!!! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 4/15/2012 8:09PM

    You have come a really long way my friend .. in the last 57o days ..
Your achievments have been monumental ...and I am sure so fulfilling..

Each day is a new day, and a new chance to live your life the way you want to ..
You are a natural care giver and that is such a blessing ..
Your grandies and family are so very lucky to have you in their lives ..
and I bless the day we became friends ..
Everyone has already said what I could, and would have said .. so be aware of how much you are respected and loved ..

Have a great week ... much love Susie


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OPALMOON 4/15/2012 10:00AM

    This is absolutely fantastic Wendy! You deserve every one of those positives you listed as you have put in continued effort - Woo Hoo! So glad you had a wonderful weekend with your grandchildren too!

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You have come a long way Wendy, remeber what you said ...............
You are SO WORTH IT


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1BEACHWALKER 4/15/2012 3:43AM

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/14/2012 11:44PM

    It is a delight to see how well you are Wendy and of the improvements in your lifestyle.

Go, girl, go!

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BILBYGIRL 4/14/2012 10:17PM

    I'd have to say Wendy that this is one of the most encouraging Blogs I've read for awhile - course it probably helps that I know you (vbg) but seriously, I couldn't be more pleased for you. I know what you mean about the fog of the brain as I can start to feel mine lifting and I've only been on Spark for about 41 or 2 days so no comparison at all. That certainly had me worried though.

Your achievement is glorious. Nobody can ever take that away from you. I know that its very hard to push those numbers from the scales back to a lesser place but the fact is that to feel good more often and alive and full of energy - to be able to play with the Grandies for 2 hours!!! Well if somebody said - Okay Wendy, swap ya - if you'll hand over the list you can have whatever number you want, we all know what the answer would be. That's the way that I described it to myself the first time yesterday and I don't actually have anything to complain about at all other than an immature ego at times!

So enjoy your reward and know that on top of all of that you have made a great deal of difference to my life. That's no small thing as far as I'm concerned. I check your feed occasionally and I know that the list of people who would say that grows ever longer. You are a natural giver and its grand to see that you've been giving some of that bounty to yourself.

You deserve it.

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MOTLEM 4/14/2012 9:57PM

    The 'Spark Ride' is a good one Wendy.
Have a great day!
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1CRAZYDOG 4/14/2012 9:05PM

    It IS hard to lose weight with your health challenges, but you are ROCKING IT! I applaud you and am so proud of your accomplishments. Keep it up. Way to go!!!

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WENDYJM4 4/14/2012 8:07PM

    thank you, I also should have added I am happier now than I have been for a long time. Even when I do things for the grandies I am thinking about exercising and burning calories.

I also lost 1.2kgs last week. So nearly half of what I put on the week before.

The grand total of steps I did last week was 61,297 steps. I now do realize that I need to do at least the 60,000 per week to lose more weight.

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JILL313 4/14/2012 7:16PM

    Wendy, I am so proud and happy for you. . .You've come a long way in 570 days with more wonderful and healthy days ahead for you. I really admire you're just getting in and taking good care of yourself. My dear friend, it's high time you became your own best friend and gave yourself top priority. . .along with your sweet Grandies. You certainly have improved your life and health by being a strong and determined Sparker!

Love,

Jill

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SUSIEPH1 4/14/2012 6:12PM

    Way to go darlin!!
So very glad, you have found you !!!!.
There will always be up and downs, but the ups will get better and longer.. believe me ..
I have watched you grow and find yourself again, and I know you will only get better ..
I also know you have major problems .. but with the right mindset you will over come them too ...
Have a wonderful day my dear friend ..
Know that you are loved ... Hugs and Love Susie
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ROSGETSSERIOUS 4/14/2012 4:58PM

    WOOHOO - what a great place to be in!!! You are an inspiration every day Wendy - thanks for all your support!!
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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 4/14/2012 1:40PM

    You are an inspiration!
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MENNOLY 4/14/2012 9:46AM

    emoticonYou are doing great and you rock!

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    Congratulations Wendy! Bet your grandchildren are enjoying their healthy Granny! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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CTEMPLE 4/14/2012 8:14AM

    Congratulations dear Wendy!

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I.M.MAGIC 4/14/2012 7:51AM

    P.S. Have a WONDERFUL, JOYFUL DAY!

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I.M.MAGIC 4/14/2012 7:50AM

    LOVE IT!

YOU ROCK, GIRL!

I am so happy for you, and I know you're going to keep on keepin' on! LOL

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Friday the 13th

Friday, April 13, 2012

hi everyone, I have had a couple of really good days, lots of exercising with the kids. I actually took them to the playground for a couple of hours today.
Yesterday I got 15,000 steps and today was 10,833 steps. Boy am I feeling it in my legs and arms. I had to push my little grandson on the swing today. I had fun with them.

Woke up at about 4 am this morning starving, I was down in my calorie count yesterday because I was with them all day and didn't add up my calories until last night. Did have my meals but obviously did not eat enough. LOL. Hence toast at about 4.30 this morning. I am right with the calories today.

I thought my legs were bad last night, but tonight they are really protesting right up to my hips now. LOL.

And I see them again tomorrow. Be interesting.

bye for now, I am off to bed.

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/14/2012 3:03AM

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JILL313 4/13/2012 9:27PM

    Wow, Lucky Friday the 13th!! I can't believe how many steps on your Pedometer you have been getting--that is just awesome!! I'm so glad you're enjoying having your GKs with you. . .when they leave you'll probably need to rest up more. Take good care and enjoy your weekend.

Hugs,

Jill

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WENDYJM4 4/13/2012 8:46PM

    they are loving all the activity I can do with them now. We do play cards some times but because of the age diffeence this is not possible with all of them. Chase is only 3 and the other 2 there is competition between them with what games they like. LOL. Even yesterday at the playground I had to play with them, like seeing if I can catch them and then I had to tickle them. Talk about good and a variety of exercises and so much fun. My son works until 2 pm today so after he comes home I think I will also come home today and have a rest.

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 4/13/2012 11:47AM

    I bet they are loving all the time and activity with you.
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OPALMOON 4/13/2012 11:03AM

    Hi Wendy, you are doing great with your steps count! Take care not to overdo it though! Enjoy tomorrow with your grandchildren again.

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Keep it up Wendy!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/13/2012 9:46AM

    Have a great day!!

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CTEMPLE 4/13/2012 9:36AM

    Take it easy tomorrow , maybe some board games?

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12th April 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

hi everyone, thank you everyone that commented on my last blog. Just sick of losing and gaining the same weight over and over again. I need to lift my game. LOL.
Going to exercise class this morning, should be good. Lots of movement.
The really good news my grandchildren are coming this morning for about the next 4 or 5 days. Should be good to spend heaps of quality time with them.
I think instead of drinking the coffe I would be better drinking hot water with a bit of lemon in it. That should also get rid of some of the fluid I am retaining.

Just on the last bit of my cold, just the dirty nose now, I have lost the cough. So that is a positive I am gettting over this a lot quicker than I would have before.

I will be okay, I have picked myself up and dusted myself off. I am not going to let this weight thing beat me.

I am going to bring me April goals here again so that I can remeind myself of them

reaffirming the goals I set for April are


1. Start again on the first of April ( I have really started this already)

2. Walk at least 1 hour per day

3. plus exercise at least 1 hour per day (total 2 hours)

4. Strength train 3 times per week for between 30 and 60 minutes per time.

5. to start losing weight again so that I can make this year's goal of losing 25kgs.

6. for the 8 week challenge I will lose 4 kgs.

I can do this. I will be so much fitter and healthier.

  
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OPALMOON 4/12/2012 10:35AM

    Great going, Wendy!

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WENDYJM4 4/12/2012 7:45AM

    Thank you everyone. I have had a really good day today and absolutely worn out. I went to exercise class this morning, went over and seen my grandchildren, went shopping, went over to see the grandies came home and did some cooking. I have clocked up 14,989 steps on my pedometer. It also reckeons I have burnt of 1118.6 calories. I am aching my legs are wondring what I have done to them. LOL.

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BILBYGIRL 4/12/2012 6:06AM

    Yes the goals are only lost if we abandon them eh? Good on you Wendy! emoticon

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    With such a positive outlook Wendy emoticon

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 4/12/2012 12:41AM

    Love your positive spirit - you can do this - we are all behind you!
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1CRAZYDOG 4/11/2012 8:20PM

    You've been through a rough time, so can't beat yourself up! Now you have your plan in place and will do a good job working your plan.

You can do this! HUGS!

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CTEMPLE 4/11/2012 7:57PM

    Great attitude, great goals dear Wendy!

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JILL313 4/11/2012 7:52PM

    Wendy, When there is a Strong Will (Yours) you will do well with achieving all your April Goals. So happy you'll have your Grandies with you and it's always fun to be with them as much as possible. I know you can make this happen for yourself--and all that love you, including me.

Hugs,

Jill

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MENNOLY 4/11/2012 7:01PM

    Great goals and you can do it! Someone told me that celery was a diuretic. Maybe munching on a stalk or two would help with your fluid retention. I also like to drink green tea. emoticon

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11th April 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Hi everyone, thank you for all the support that you have given me with all my blogs, it has been wonderful and inspirational.

Well, I was so good over Easter with having no Easter eggs in in the house but i did buy I pkt of hot cross buns. I allowed 1 per day. I did meet my calories each day. I did buy dinner on Good Friday, I bought fish and chips. They were cooked in the healthy, good oil. A small meal really. I di enjoy it and it was cooked to perfetion, not oily at all.

So in some ways I am proud of myself as I only bought 1 pkt of the buns instead of the 2 or 3 I would have bought previously and I did limit myself to 1 per day. no butter or marg. Then the fish and chips, what can I say. I have always bought this on Easter. I did only buy the small pkt. But is this the old me, making escuses. I still did alright on the calories these days because I allowed this. Good Friday because I woke up late I did have a hot cross bun for breakfast/lunch then grapes in the afternoon and then the dinner.

However with doing this I blew my carbs out of the water and over about 3 days I put on 3 kgs. 6lbs. not good. I have lost just over 1 kg now.

Not happy with me for doing this. It still proves I have a long way to go.
It has proved to me how careful I need to be. All the improvements I have made and then I do this. Undone the goodness that I have managed to change.

I can't use excuses because of such and such, I need to do this each and every day.
Otherwise it is just too hard to keep losing the same weight over and over again.


  
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ROSGETSSERIOUS 4/11/2012 2:23PM

    Hi Wendy, I agree with the other comments - if you allowed for the calories in your tracker then you didn't blow it - they are high carb foods and will help to retain fluid - so once that fluid is gone, the weight will go too - it is impossible to put on 3 kegs of FAT in that time unless you are really pigging out and you didn't do that!! Don't put too much emphasis on the daily scales - only compare weekly or even monthly otherwise you will stress about it when it isn't a true indication of your progress. All 'normal' people allow themselves treats and account for it by adjusting other meals - just like you did!! Well done.
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TRUCKERWIFE2 4/11/2012 2:08PM

    I agree with everyone else. Instead of bashing yourself for what you did wrong, pat yourself on what you did right! You did so many things right it made my head spin! If you are concerned about coffee and drinking when it gets cold. I drank hot water this winter. Sometimes with a little honey and sometimes with green tea. Mostly just hot water and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
You are doing alot better than you thought and even though losing those 3 lbs will be hard, you will lose them. Keep eating well and drinking lots of water- hot, cold somewhere inbetween. Keep moving. That's what you have done before. It's ok to do something special on special occations. This isn't supposed to be a punishment but a way of life. In life you can treat yourself once in a great while and not overdo it. You did great! Just keep up the good work and those numbers will go down again. emoticon emoticon

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I.M.MAGIC 4/11/2012 9:49AM

    When I went to my diabetic educator, she said I needed more calories to LOSE weight... and my renal dietician agreed. And with our kidney issues, where else can they come from if not from carbs? LOL BUT...

I'm just wondering how much sodium is in a hot cross bun... LOL A single slice of plain white bread has 170mg... and you and I both know, if we think about it, that sodium is more the culprit in quick weight gain that the carbs are! LOL

I agree that you got through the holiday wonderfully well... and I'm glad you recognize that you've improved and are moving forward! Keep up the great work, dear friend!

Just look at all the wonderful folks here who are cheering you on!...

Be well!
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1CRAZYDOG 4/11/2012 9:31AM

    You're moving on . . . you've learned. KUDOS to you for that. THAT'S what sparking is all about. HUGS and keep on sparking.

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WENDYJM4 4/11/2012 9:03AM

    All good advice, thank you. I know what you are saying. I am still drinking a ton of water but I am also having more coffee so this is probably causing a problem with retaining fluid. It is cooling down now.

I do think carbs are a big problem for me, as you know a lot of carbs do contain sugar. with increasing my exercises I seem to be hungrier and I am goiong for the carbs. I need the carbs with fibre not the sugar.

I really did get peeved off with myself because it is so hard to lose this weight. From my lowest weight being on Sparks before I lost my computer last year, I have put on about 6 kgs and I am just playing around with the same 2 or 3kgs all the time. Just cant seem to get down to that weight I was before.

I do realise that there is no bad food but I just need to be more careful when eating these foods.

I do learn by my msitakes just going to try harder. I am picking myself back up LOL.

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OPALMOON 4/11/2012 8:38AM

    H Wendy, I can only agree with the other comments here. Please don't beat yourself up, (it doesn't help your self esteem) and we all take a detour now and then. I know it is frustrating to go 'backwards'...we are all human though, and I know you will be back on track. You did so much better in your eating this Easter, so that is something to be proud of!

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MENNOLY 4/11/2012 7:26AM

    The calories in the food you mentioned does not translate to the weight gain. So the weight gain is mostly due to water retention. Increase your water intake and flush it away. You are doing fine. You managed your food sensibly. I strongly believe there is no bad food and having that mindset is harmful. All foods can be enjoyed in moderation. I am glad you had a nice Easter.

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/11/2012 5:55AM

    Look forward to getting back to normal, it may be fluid retention. I bought one packet of hot cross buns too.

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MILLYMOUSE1 4/11/2012 4:00AM

    Wendy you have nothing to beat yourself up about, you just ate the wrong things, how often do we do that every now and again. I bought two packets of the buns and ate 2 at the one time. Wipe that slate clean. You will catch up I'm sure

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POPSY190 4/11/2012 3:43AM

    There's a lot of difference between what you used to do and what you did this Easter. I don't think it's necessary to castigate yourself at all! You ate as a "normal" human being - on a special occasion and in moderation. Above all, you are obviously aware of what you are eating, rather than the mindless indulgence I'm capable of!! I think you did very well. emoticon

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BILBYGIRL 4/11/2012 2:10AM

    Wendy I can't really see anything in your description that indicates that you 'blew it'. I know that you have additional considerations with your diet but within that it's important to be able to continue the odd tradition or two. It's also about living a life after all. It sounds to me like you did really well and I know that you've been doing quite a lot of steps. Our bodies are a bit of a mystery aren't they. I know you've been eating on the lower end of your count - the fact that its only Wed and the scales already show a 1 kg redistribution says to me that there might be something else going on. I can't see that you could accumulate that much fat over those few days but you probably understand all the ins and outs of how your condition affects you where as I'm only guessing.

I climbed on the scales today and have lost 750 grams since Saturday when I put on the 300 - but I've eaten more over that period. I guess patience is the one constant!!
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MOTLEM 4/11/2012 1:29AM

    Try not to beat yourself up too much. Boy, you were more frugal with your Easter goodies that I could EVER be!! I take my hat off to you.

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CTEMPLE 4/11/2012 1:28AM

    Wendy it is genes that make you put on weight like that, it wasn't so bad. But yes it's a pity to blow it. Same here, I put on weight like nothing. I see other people eat and nothing!
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CBEVNOW 4/11/2012 12:44AM

    Wendy you are ok, emoticonand start anew, its a hard battle for us but you can and will do it.
this is the first year i have not had one piece of Easter candy in the house. No one was here so it was easy to do. I did have Blueberry Muffins from Panera Bread. I must look up the calories and pot and phos, sodium in these because they taste to good to be true. So i will probley be a emoticonbaby when i find out the results. You see you are not alone.
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JILL313 4/11/2012 12:21AM

    Wendy, Please don't let a couple of days off track rob you of all the success you've achieved just this last year. We all slip up from time to time but knowing you you're already back on track and will lose the recent weight gain fast. You've achieved so much so just focus on that and continue to move forward. So what the heck, you might have overdid it a bit but no real damage done except to your mindset, maybe. I believe in you and know you already are healthier for all the good changes you've made in your diet and moving more. Fight on is always my motto. . .

Love,

Jill

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SUSIEPH1 4/11/2012 12:20AM

    Sweetheart !! don't beat yourself up .
Just chalk it up to a learning experience and start over ..
I couldn't resist chocolate that my daughter gave us, and the consequence was I am 1 kilo over .
I should have known better but still did it ..
so I am back trying to look after myself ..
I stayed within my calories and thought I could get away with it .. but no !!
We need to eat more protein and less carbs its the carbs that are the killer ...
Take care my sweet friend ... Hugs and Love Susie
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