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Really, Doc?

Sunday, December 01, 2013

A few weeks ago, I saw my Doctor again for a follow-up appointment.
He gave me the same advice, but this time it was two rules:
1) No sugary drinks- drink all the diet soda, juice, etc. I want
and
2) Fast food only 1 time per week

I won't lie- the second one is the hardest!
The diet soda/drink rule I'm doing decently with.
And then next time I see him, he wants me to have just maintained my weight, but of course weight loss is welcomed!

But one thing I don't get about what my Doctor says is that he only wants me to lose 1-2 pounds a month- a month!!!!
At that rate, it'll take me years to lose all the weight I want to lose! And I have a heck-of-a lot of weight to lose (around 100+ pounds)
I guess he really does mean slow and steady wins the race.
He said to have that big goal in your mind, but take it one day at a time, or else it'll be overwhelming.
And it is- when I think about how much weight I want to lose, quite honestly it makes me not even want to try.
I'm at it again, always talking about weight loss, and not really doing anything about it.
I have to do some digging within myself, ask the questions about why I'm overweight, what's holding me back, and what can I do to go forward.
Like they say, it's better to have tried and failed than to have not tried at all. (is that even a quote? I think I botched that one lol)

Anyways, here's an inspiring weight loss story that I came across on the Green Giant website, you can find really cool things on the Internet!

blog.greengiant.com/category/all/an-
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I especially love this question and answer, taken from the website:
Q: What would you tell someone out there wishing to make a change but thinking they could never be healthy?

A: I would tell them to quit making excuses. Ever since I started, I know the change is possible. You don't have to do what I did—I just woke up one morning and just started walking for 2 hours. You just have to make some kind of change in the right direction.

Regardless of how you start, you just have to start. Walking 10 minutes a day, or substituting whole wheat for white bread. Start somewhere; once you start seeing changes, it’s addicting. Once you start losing, you just want more. You just have to start and no more excuses.

I wish I wouldn’t have taken so long to find "it" in me. Whatever snapped to cause this change, I wish it would have snapped sooner, but I’m glad it snapped.


May this story and all the people who are out there getting healthier and losing weight inspire you to keep on going, no matter what!

  
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AZULVIOLETA6 12/1/2013 11:26PM

    Fruit juice most certainly IS a sugary drink--it just happens to be natural sugar. Fruit juice has an enormous number of carbs and calories. Water or herbal tea would be a MUCH better choice.

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 12/1/2013 9:26PM

    Studies are now showing that faster weight loss makes people stick to it better. But, the way I see it is that neither method works UNLESS that person has made up their mind to do it themselves. The doctor or family, or whoever, can cajole a person, but unless and until that person makes the decision for themselves and becomes absolutely determined to do what it takes to get there, than even if they take it off, it will come right back on.

Here's hoping you - and I - will make that absolute decision to do it "for the last time"!
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SPARKLISE 12/1/2013 9:05PM

    I think he wants you to go slow so that the good habits you learn will stick!
It is the best way to go!
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EVWINGS 12/1/2013 7:19PM

    Not everything works for everyone. Giving something a try doesn't hurt and you may find it helps you. What I did was set smaller goals with the first being the most amount. I made the first goal for 195 so I could be under 200 for the first time in nearly 15 years. After I reached that one I would set each on a little less. The next one was 175, then 150, then 135, and finally 120. I attained it but my doctor wanted me to gain!!! He said I looked like a concentration camp survivor. I did it, but I hate being at this weight as I don't feel as good as I did 120. But that's what worked for me.

Good luck. I know you can do this! You have already taken the first step by signing up here. That makes me feel so proud of you.

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USMAWIFE 12/1/2013 6:33PM

    good luck to you.. if you would like to make that link clickable so members do not have to cut and paste, copy it, then hit add link where a new box will open and you paste the link into it, then save. and when it arrives on your blogs or threads, it will turn a different color, usually red and members can click on it and go right there

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Thanksgiving Day Race!!

Sunday, December 01, 2013

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving day!
Can you believe it's December already?! I can't wait until it snows!

This past Thanksgiving morning, I walked (and also jogged a little bit at the end) the Manchester Road Race. This has been something I've always wanted to do, but of course I would say, maybe next year... when I've lost weight.

So I decided to quit that excuse and signed up for it this year, and I'm so glad I did!
The race is 4.748 miles and I finished with a time of 1 hour and 37 minutes.
The only bad part about this race was that I didn't really train for it, so for the past couple of days I was a tad sore in the legs, but it seems to have gone away now!
It felt so long while walking it! I couldn't help but think, where's the finish line?
But now that I know what it's like, I know what to expect next year.
It'll definitely become a tradition for Thanksgiving.
I recommend a race to everyone; it's so much fun and especially seeing people of all different shapes and sizes walking/jogging/running; it's inspiring.

You can do it!

Who knows, maybe there'll be a half-marathon in my future!

From left to right: me, my grandpa, and my cousin after we finished the race :)

  
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DO4FIT 12/1/2013 8:28PM

  that is an awesome tradition to start! Get yourself moving on a notoriously non moving day! Way to go with kicking your excuses!

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Who wants to take a weight loss quiz?!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

You can take this Weight Loss Persona quiz here:
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It's really fun! I'm a 'Planner'
I like that for the quiz, she lists what works and what doesn't work for you regarding your weight loss persona.

Take the quiz and let me know what you got and if it's true to who you are!

  
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SUNSET09 11/7/2013 10:00AM

  emoticon and emoticon as I'm a Doer! emoticon

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DO4FIT 11/7/2013 9:52AM

  Thanks for sharing! I am also a planner... and it is totally true to my personality. I tend to shove my weight loss needs aside for to accommodate every one/thing else. Thanks I have a bit more of an idea how to work things out!

hope you don't mind if I share it as well!

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The coolest success story EVER!!!!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Long story short, last saturday I met a lady who has such an incredible weight loss success story. I'm so thankful to God that I met her!!

Get this: she hasn't had McDonald's in 20 years!!

Also, she's kept off 100 pounds for, anyone want to take a guess?










35 years- 35!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (She'll be 72 years old soon and by the way if you ever saw this lady she looks so good for her age, she looks to be in her fifties!)

I was astounded!!
I had to ask her how she did it.

Here's what she did to lose the weight: Every 6 weeks, she would try a new diet (i.e., a liquid diet) and would stick to it rigidly.
She lost 100 pounds in 1 year that way.
Even she admitted that it wasn't the healthiest route to go on. But it worked for her!
Also, she goes on the treadmill, does Pilates and lift weights (if I remember correctly) to keep the weight off. She also eats about 1400-1500 calories a day.
Another good thing she mentioned is that you'll get used to eating healthier.

Her biggest weakness? Candy, which she does still eat. (I think we all have our own food weaknesses. Mine are carbs, and not the good kind!)

Her top tip? Stick with it-no matter what!
Stick with it, even when you don't feel like it.
Stick with it, even when all you want to do is give up, and quit this thing because it seems too hard.
Stick with it, no matter what, and you will see the results!
Because it can happen and you can do it. It all starts with a thought.


I hope this story has encouraged you and inspired you wherever you are on your own weight loss journey.

Keep going, keep moving, and keep on doing what you know is right!

Lori,72
Before: 220 lbs.
Lost: 100 pounds
After: 110-119 lbs.
Took 1 year to lose 100 pounds, and has kept it off for 35 years (that still amazes me!)



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HEALTHY4ME 10/27/2013 6:49PM

    yea last time I was at mcdonalds my kids were 3and 5 they are now 33 and 35. I HATE any of the fast food other than I will go to wendys if need be but there hasn't been a need in years. you may be interested in a blog I just read...will send it to you.

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It's been a while!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Hi!!

It seems like it's been forever since I've been on here!
This summer has zoomed by, and December is right around the corner. (Have you noticed in stores there's already Christmas merchandise out? It's crazy!)

Anyways, my friend gave me the idea of starting a blog, to post book reviews and such, I also want it to be an extension of my sparkpage.
I think it's taking me a while to get started because I have no clue what to name it!
I'm not a creative person, so I was wondering if you guys could help me come up with a cool name.
Should I just name it after my sparkpage? (WhyWeight552)
or I was thinking -Blog a Book
lol
but that makes it seem like it's just for books.
I think my blog will be a little bit of everything.
Any ideas would be so great thanks so much for your time and help!!

~Renee

  
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STR458 10/20/2013 4:43AM

    emoticon its whatever you make it on a day to day basis, you got my attention to see what you do emoticon

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 10/11/2013 8:01PM

    sounds interesting; best of luck! I'll keep an eye open for it. I love my Kindle; I've been reading much more since I bought it.

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AJB121299 10/11/2013 4:13PM

    Nice

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