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Blue Christmas?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

To my husband, Chuck, and my chosen sisters Lori and Tina This is a little something for the lonely, grieving, depressed, stressed, and dieting out there who might be having a hard time getting through the holiday season. It isnt always a pretty season for everyone, and mental health wise, its a rough one for a lot of people. I am one of those people. My heart goes out to the rest of you out there.

Im about to be very personal here because I want you to know that my advice I write is very heartfelt. When I was a young girl, my father died of a heart attack. I was an only child, so it became just my mother and me. We would get lonely, but we made our own traditions. Later in life, around the age of 30, I lost my mother. It was very hard for me. I leaned on my husbands family and learned to share their traditions. Sadly, my husbands mother, brother, and father all passed away within a year of each other recently, and we are still grieving those losses. We are trying to start new traditions for just the two of us. We arent quite sure what to do yet.

New traditions help sometimes with grief or setting forth on a new journey. They give you a new foundation to build upon. While the old traditions may still be cherished and celebrated, new ones help ring in the next chapter of hope. Where do you start though?

I started with the music. The old Christmas music we used to listen to brought back such poignant memories and I wanted to feel merry again. Instead of the traditional styles I grew up with, I bought contemporary rock versions, instrumentals, and even country. While I wasnt merry, I wasnt as depressed either. Year by year I got a little merrier and sang along with my new CDs and really enjoyed the new artists and music.

I packed up any decorations that made me sad in something to protect them and stored them away. Then I started collecting new decorations that were uniquely representative of me and life as I knew it at the moment. Each year I would buy one or two new pieces, so as not to focus too much on any one time frame. I also gave away treasured ornaments from my family to my closest friends, who had now become my family.

My family now is not what anyone would consider traditional. My closest friends are family, and I list my best friend as my next of kin beyond my husband. She is my sister for all the meaning of the word. We share a bond like family and have the luxury of being each others best friend and confidante as well. I honestly cant imagine that sharing the same blood, although we do share the same rare blood type, could make us any closer. Sometimes in life, although we lose some, others are there. We must embrace those who are in our lives and never take them for granted. Family is however you define it.

I started cooking what I and my husband liked to eat, traditional or not. It got a little silly trying to make all of the Thanksgiving meal for two people, so we began eating at restaurants that had buffets. At Christmas, weve been known to have low-fat chili. Last year, I cooked a menu inspired by SparkRecipes and had fun being creative.

I stopped going to any place that stressed me out about dieting and my weight. Sometimes when we did have people invite us over to a large gathering, my weight would come up and everyone would have to give me the Its because we care about your health speech. Please. If people cared, they would care at a more discreet time and not bring it up in front of everyone at a holiday dinner. If I am friendly but firm, they will usually stop. If not, I usually make other plans the following year. If Im asked why, I tell the host/hostess.

Ive definitely been lonely and depressed during the holidays before. If youve ever been lonely and/or depressed at this time of year, you know it is a complete emptiness. Dont be afraid to seek help from a counselor or call a crisis line. If that isnt an option, consider talking to your religious leader for guidance. Spark People has a team called Dealing with Depression and other teams that deal with various mental health issues. While these teams are staffed by not mental health professionals, they do provide a place for you to talk things out on their online forums. My therapist once told me a very helpful thing, that doing for others would help my depression. Ever since then, when I become very depressed or lonely, I try to do something for someone else and I do feel better. There is a joy that comes from giving for both the person given to and the giver. Possibilities for relieving loneliness and giving include volunteering at a soup kitchen or other charity, visiting friends, going to nursing homes, or even organizing a dinner or party for other lonely people.

Sometimes we overbook ourselves and stress ourselves out too badly to even enjoy the holiday season. Make sure to keep those things that are really a priority and get rid of those things that arent. How do you tell the difference? Ask yourself Would I be sorry next year if I didnt do _____ this year? If the answer is no, find a shortcut or cut it out of your schedule politely. Just explain that you are overbooked. Time with friends, family, or just for yourself is important.

If you are really struggling with eating this time of year, you arent alone. This time of year is a difficult one! There are goodies everywhere and most of them carry an emotional punch with them. They are sweet, decadent, and loaded with feel-good chemistry. It is really hard to stop eating something once youve started, but if you can, a taste or two might do. If youre one of those that gets obsessed after the first bite, remember to fight it, dont bite it. That first bite is what will set you off. Thats the one to avoid. Staying full at all times, having water handy, chewing gum, and getting on SparkPeople daily all help me. Staying full is as simple as eating every 3-4 hours and making sure to get plenty of protein and fiber (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains). Do not skip meals this time of year.

I wish you all the best this season.

  
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SPINNER86 12/26/2014 11:44AM

  You are very insightful. These are wonderful suggestions and some I've used myself. You can't dwell on the past but you can "remember" it and move on.

Have a happy and healthy new year.

Sue

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MARGOH12 12/26/2014 11:33AM

    It was very brave of you to share this!

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DYANNE4293 12/26/2014 9:40AM

    Thank you! I feel less alone!!

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ITSMYTURN56 12/26/2014 9:14AM

    Thank you. Your message was good for me as it is so true. I lost my Mom on December 29 and each year until I had grandchildren, left me in a funk that wouldn't quit until I return to work after the holiday break. I have incorporated my Mom's Christmas dishes into my continuing holiday meals and it helps to know that the kids love those dishes. I have gained a lot of weight and don't want to go around my friends from 30 years ago because of it and because of what they may say or think of my weight gain. I miss both of my parents dearly but the hurt isn't as bad as it was. In fact, I have, too, reached out to try to help another family member and that made me feel very fulfilled.

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SFREY217 12/26/2014 9:00AM

    thank you for sharing this it really did help !

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PMBOURQUE 12/26/2014 6:16AM

    thank you. I really needed this today.

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OPHELIE 12/26/2014 5:02AM

    Thank you for sharing! What a poignant story!

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/26/2014 1:36AM

  I appreciated what you said, about figuring out new and old traditions, and meeting our own expectations not everyone else.

I had felt sad before because our only adult child lives so far away. We miss him so. Now it looks like we might get to see him next year. What a reunion it will be!

People like your candidness. .

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SRWYLIE 12/26/2014 1:09AM

    Beautiful story that should help those who grieve for lost loved ones. Thank you for writing.

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JSEATTLE 12/26/2014 12:21AM

  Thank you for sharing your Christmas story, We all have so much more in common than not. I have never felt lonely or depressed at Christmas but can empathize with those who do. We all have our struggles, be they day-to-day or seasonal. You touch me and so many others with your honesty and condor. You are just like us.

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TOPCHEF2428 12/26/2014 12:07AM

    I think You are sprouting Angel Wings, Beth.
Such An Inspiration.

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MARYJEANSL 12/25/2014 11:57PM

  I am glad you are making new traditions and dealing with your grief. Your blog will help many people. Merry Christmas!

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MOREPORTEIN 12/25/2014 11:48PM

  Thank you

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BETRHO48 12/25/2014 11:45PM

    emoticon I love your blogs. They are often very helpful to me.
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~Beth

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CAT7163 12/25/2014 11:12PM

  Both of my parents are deceased. So this time of year is difficult for me also. I tried ti focus on other things this year. A friend of mine recently had heart surgery and have been helping them.

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DOILIEQUEEN 12/25/2014 10:40PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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RITERGAL 12/25/2014 10:25PM

    Beautifully inspirational post! My husband is the youngest of six, and three years ago lost the next oldest brother to a rare dementia. Now the oldest of the six, a sister, is suffering from dementia. Both sets of our parents are gone, and all three children are grown with two living 2200 and 2400 miles away from us. Our local child and family have their own traditions so we too have had to say goodbye to lots of "former" traditions and work around our "new normal." Today for Christmas dinner we had healthy leftovers. I appreciate your spreading the word about, more or less, the changes that come to us and how they impact seasonal times of year. Bless you!

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FABULOUSINBLUE 12/25/2014 10:25PM

  I love this article. Like you, I am an only child and my mum died when I was 14 and my dad when I was 27. Mum grew up in a country town but moved to the city to work and after she died we rarely saw the other members of the family. I made new traditions too (including picking out a new Christmas decoration each year with my daughters) although I never really understood why until much later.


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CECELW 12/25/2014 10:17PM

    You are such a gift to us! I love reading your blog! I lost 2 "sisters" & my MIL in a year. This is our 1st Christmas with out my MIL. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MYAKAYAH 12/25/2014 10:02PM

    thanks for sharing the message~

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MLSMITH1955 12/25/2014 8:31PM

  Thank you for sharing your story.

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JUNEAU2010 12/25/2014 8:28PM

    I am a bit blue this year - one less Christmas card to send and my heart is still broken. I appreciate your blog very much! My family is mostly of those with whom I share no DNA, so I know what you mean.

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DEBIGENE 12/25/2014 7:51PM

    Great blog !!! Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year !!!

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GRANDMAVON 12/25/2014 7:24PM

    Love your blog.

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PEGGYO 12/25/2014 7:17PM

    thanks for the good advice


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  So very emoticon emoticon for sharing your wisdom with us.

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DAKARISAH430 12/25/2014 7:01PM

    Best wishes to you and thanks for sharing!

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IAM_HIS 12/25/2014 5:35PM

    Love this...thank you!

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HEALTHY42MORROW 12/25/2014 5:28PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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SUEARNOLD1 12/25/2014 5:22PM

    Very well stated . . .

Thanks for sharing



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LADYDARYA 12/25/2014 5:18PM

    Thank you for sharing. My dad died December 10, 2011 and his birthday is December 23rd so this month is always a struggle.

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WHICHWITCH 12/25/2014 5:05PM

    thanks for sharing. It's a hard year for me. My Mom passed away in May. My Dad has been dead 12 years now. It's just my brother and his wife and my niece now, but they decided to have their own Christmas this year. Can't say that didn't hurt! I'm spending it with my dog and 2 cats. Took a walk. Watched them play with their new toys. I didn't put up a tree. Maybe next year. Time heals they say.

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CAROLJ35 12/25/2014 4:56PM

    My mother suffered a massive stroke on Dec. 22nd back when my children were small. It would be our youngest's first Christmas, but I had to pack up 3 young ones to spend Christmas with their other grandma (and Daddy was there, too) and I flew 500 miles to where my parents lived.
Mom survived and my dad took care of her when he suddenly passed away a few months later.
17 years later at the age of 73, my mother passed away on Dec. 23rd as two of our children were on the way home from college. The snow was beautiful as we gathered in the living room in front of the fireplace and the pastor visited with us and we looked at this as a wonderful time to all be together and celebrate her life.
The Reason for the Season kept us going. Faith in our Creator and life hereafter are so important in our lives. May all of you find that peace also.


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BACCAGIRL 12/25/2014 4:56PM

    Thank you, Beth, for sharing such a heart felt and sincere blog! Please know that it was well received by the many who have enjoyed it! I'm asking for His blessings and mercies on both yours and Chuck's day and for a peaceful and peace filled year ahead! emoticon Merry Christmas emoticon Becci

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MISSROCKABILLY 12/25/2014 4:54PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this. My mother passed away this last spring and this is my first holiday season without her. We were very close and it has been a struggle going through the holidays without her. These are great suggestions and I'm going to be implementing some of them in the future.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!
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IRISHGAL46 12/25/2014 3:58PM

    Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your husband.

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LAGNIAPPE2 12/25/2014 3:22PM

    Thank you Indygirl. You have no idea how much I needed to hear this today.

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JERICHO1991 12/25/2014 2:49PM

    Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas.

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DINAOREILLY 12/25/2014 2:27PM

    Bless you sweetheart. I know your pain of loss only too well. Hugs.

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GIRLINMOTION 12/25/2014 2:19PM

    Christmas can be a stressful time a year for most people and especially if you suffer from SADs. We all need to learn what works best for us. I am glad you are making progress and are sharing what helps you, it may help others too.

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DRGNHEART 12/25/2014 2:15PM

    thank you so much for sharing
i will put a lot of these ideas to good use
im starting over in my life with new traditions,
the past few years ive been too depressed and in such a bad relationship that i havent even put a tree up
lost my father 9 years ago, and that triggered a lot of my sadness during this time of year

these ideas will greatly add to my new years to come
thank you so much for being here and sharing all that you are

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How Do I Forgive and Move On?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

As per your requests, How I forgive myself:

Pretend you are talking to a child with the same problem you are having. What would you tell a child? Would you berate them for doing something so innate as eating something good tasting or filling their tummies? No? You would totally understand the problem and make suggestions and try new things! You would reassure them of your love and commitment to help them make these changes.

That's where my "inner fat girl" comes in. She is who I don't want to be any more, but still wants to soothe herself with food and comfort herself with a food coma every now and then. She's a child inside of me who never got what she needed, so it's up to me to be her parent. I have to forgive her, teach her, understand her, and lead her.

Sometimes I talk out loud to her and tell her I love her and ask her what she needs to eat, not what she wants to eat. I ask her what she really DESERVES to eat. Crap or something really good and nutritious. And yes, if it costs more, I'll spend the extra money on something healthy for her. Wouldn't you for your child? I'll ask her out loud "What are we going to do? Sit or get moving? Let's put on some energizing music and see where the mood takes us!" Okay, so I talk to myself a lot, but not in front of people lol. It's part of re parenting my inner child and it's working.

If we all stop fighting with the side of us that wants to do unhealthy things, embrace it, forgive it, teach it, empower it and keep on forgiving.... We will realize that that side of us will become only a small part of us.

  
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FIT_AIMEE 12/26/2014 11:47AM

  WOW! I needed this so much 👍

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PUGLOVER1999 12/26/2014 12:29AM

    That's where my "inner fat girl" comes in. She is who I don't want to be any more, but still wants to soothe herself with food and comfort herself with a food coma every now and then. She's a child inside of me who never got what she needed, so it's up to me to be her parent. I have to forgive her, teach her, understand her, and lead her.

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for your wise words!

I am going to practice what you preach!

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DEE797 12/25/2014 1:44PM

    I need to remember this. Thanks for sharing.

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CHRISTYWHITE87 12/24/2014 7:57PM

    I been having this same problem I just got out of a very bad relationship and it hurt me so bad that I've gained 20 pounds now I'm trying to lose it now and its so hard I feel so ugly now ... any suggestions

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BALTOCHIC 12/24/2014 9:55AM

    This went in a completely different direction than I was thinking it would from the title. Good points, all. You're right, we all deserve healthy food and to take care of ourselves. All the best to you!

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MLSMITH1955 12/24/2014 6:49AM

  This was a great reminder of how we should treat ourselves

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BABYPAGAN 12/23/2014 8:37PM

    Loved this analogy. It's time to stop being mean. As a teacher I try to understand and help my students solve problems and develop new ways of coping. I should give myself the same consideration and care. Thank you so much for sharing. emoticon

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BACCAGIRL 12/23/2014 8:09PM

    It is all about being kind to my inner child, isn't it? Right now she is pouting daily over gains..time to compromise with her about snacking and meal choices!! Thanks Beth..well said and thanks for the boost!! Merry Christmas!

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KTTAYLOR21 12/23/2014 6:52PM

    I say to my inner say during meditation "I'm sorry please forgive me I love you thank you"

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KTTAYLOR21 12/23/2014 6:50PM

    i say this in meditatio... "I'm sorry. Please forgive me. I love. Thank you." Talking to my inner child.. My ego.

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1DAY-ATA-TIME 12/23/2014 2:11PM

    Well said IndyGirl!! In order to grow emotionally, psychologically, etc, etc, etc, we have to get in touch with our "inner child" understand and forgive him or her. We have to forgive ourselves. There is an interesting book on the subject titled "Forgiveness: A Bold Choice for a Peaceful Heart" by Dr. Robin Casarjian

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/23/2014 1:49PM

    emoticon Beth. Merry Christmas.

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MYJUNIEMOON 12/23/2014 10:50AM

    It is all about being kind to oneself, isn't it?

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OTHERSIDEOFK 12/23/2014 10:20AM

    I love this and this can apply to more than just eating and exercising. Will definitely be talking to my inner self more.

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FVUSCMOM 12/23/2014 10:01AM

    Teachers do this with students. Former students come back years later to apologize when we had already given them a clean slate the very next morning every day of the year.

I do it with myself and my family, too. It is harder to practice on them and me, but I believe strongly in positive affirmations for oneself and those around us. The 225 pound woman inside of me is rooting me on! I am 64.6 pounds Less than I was on Jan. 13, 2014.

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SNOOPYLINKOS 12/23/2014 8:45AM

    Interesting thoughts. I spend a lot of time mad at myself and yelling at myself, maybe I should try alittle more understanding and helping myself. Thanks.

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    Beautiful and wonderful this has worked for you .............. Words to take heed to for sure! ........... I see why so many readers loved it too! emoticon

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PENOWOK 12/23/2014 8:34AM

    I need to work on this...

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TORTISE110 12/23/2014 5:07AM

    We need to be friends and comforters to ourselves in ways that don't involve food. Well said!

Peace to you.

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RUBYREDIVY1 12/23/2014 1:05AM

    Say goodbye to you current self in the mirror and accept where you are now. Remember that the woman you see right now will never come back so make sure to give her a good farewell and to anticipate and welcome the new you. It will work out.

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RUBYREDIVY1 12/23/2014 1:04AM

    Sometimes we have to project ourselves into the future. Be the person you aim to be as if you're already at goal. Fake it till you make it has certainly worked for me. But for this to work you have to accept where you are now.

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Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom.
~Beth

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EMJAYWS 12/22/2014 10:27PM

    This was so perfect for my situation today. .. Thank you so much!

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 12/22/2014 10:10PM

  Thank you

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TERRY631 12/22/2014 10:05PM

    Wow! Really thought-provoking. Thank you for posting this.

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MOREPORTEIN 12/22/2014 9:42PM

  emoticon Well said! We do need to not only forgive ourselves but learn to give ourselves credit for the good things we do do and reward ourselves when we meet our goals and overcome our challenges. We are our worst enemy. Thank you for sharing.

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JSEATTLE 12/22/2014 9:21PM

  I talk to myself all day long. Choices, so many choices every step of the way. I never really thought of my inner child, but there she is!

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CICELY360 12/22/2014 9:19PM

  good blog

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TTLEELEE 12/22/2014 9:10PM

    emoticon A great way to formulate better self-talk.
I also appreciate that it is "move on" not "forget." We must remind ourselves why and hold ourselves accountable.

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NEDIMYEL 12/22/2014 8:51PM

  Well said

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    Good job. Thank you for sharing this.

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My Eating and Workout Plan

Friday, December 19, 2014



You know, this last week, I started strength training with weight machines for the first time in 20 years... OUCH in a good way. If you can't use your legs, arm bikes like the Magnetrainer are GREAT! Chair exercises are fantastic! See chairexercisefun.com or Coach Nicole has some great stiff out there now.

I'm drinking my whey protein shakes daily because I don't take in enough otherwise.
I take a greens supplement now in addition to my fruits and veggies.
I still take my cinnamon and chromium 2000.
I'm on vitamin D3000, magnesium, calcium, coq10, pqq, coconut oil, b12 and complex liquid, turmeric, and Alive multivitamins. I would like to say I take Omegas, but I get them via additives in milk and flax.

My eating program is simple-
TRACK- even if I go over
Keep foods as natural as I can
Order one size smaller than I want to
Avoid high fructose corn syrup
NEVER allow trigger foods in the house- go out and eat them if I have to have them

Drink water
Lemon water- Like 4 lemons to a quart sliced is very helpful in eliminating water weight

MOST OF THE WORK IN LOSING WEIGHT IS IN YOUR HEAD! The things above are just the stuff you have to DO. The real work is making yourself behave the way you know you should.
What you have to remember is:

Take every choice one at a time.
Use the word IMMEDIATELY as in I will immediately turn this around, not get back on track tomorrow. By tomorrow, you may have a pound or two more damage done.
Don't eat something just so you won't binge on it later. Yes, been there.
It takes less effort to just work out than to keep putting it off and feel crappy and depressed about not working out and then binge over your not working out.
One slice of pizza always has less calories than two.
Something is always better than nothing.
YOU deserve good food! Quit wasting your money on crappy MCDonalds and junk and justifying it and then saying you have no money for healthy food. That SAME money could buy healthy food. We are just programmed to buy what is bad for us as a treat and NOT what is good for us as a treat. Start buying yourself something healthy and decadent for a treat. Been there and done that too.
Don't take water pills to lose weight because you can't pee out a pizza.
You have to change your life before you can change your weight, not the other way around.

I hope my tips help someone. They were hard won.

Today is my 50th birthday and I celebrate not with just a piece of cake, but with the knowledge that I am happier and healthier than I was at 40 weighing 230 pounds more. Thank you SparkPeople and thanks to all of you who have cheered me on and supported me.
Now my goal is to get into the 100's by my next birthday and gain some muscle.












  
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OPHELIE 12/24/2014 6:10PM

    Happy birthday!!!

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LEENTJE71 12/23/2014 6:33AM

    Happy birthday!! And thanks a lot for being such an inspiration.

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LEENTJE71 12/23/2014 6:33AM

    Happy birthday!! And thanks a lot for being such an inspiration.

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LEENTJE71 12/23/2014 6:33AM

    Happy birthday!! And thanks a lot for being such an inspiration.

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MONIKELL 12/22/2014 10:28PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Thank you for the inspiration!!! I really needed this!

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TERRY631 12/22/2014 10:07PM

    Wishing you a happy and healthy birthday!!

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MTDOADES 12/22/2014 4:46PM

    Wow, what an inspiration. Just the words I needed to hear, because I have done all of those things to myself. Thanks for getting me motivated. emoticon

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LADYGSC 12/22/2014 4:00PM

    Great advise - thanks! Happy belated Birthday!!

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BAMAJAM2 12/22/2014 3:18PM

  Hope your BIRTHDAY was FABULOUS!!
Beth, you deserve a crown of jewels--dear lady!

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CATIEMONKEEY 12/22/2014 2:45PM

    Wow! Inspirational! emoticon

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CAROLYNSUE17 12/22/2014 2:39PM

    I really liked this blog, your special words and "Immediately".

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LIZZYLAMBDIN 12/22/2014 11:43AM

    Wow! As I read this I kept thinking of how I tell myself all things you talked about. I love the points u make about getting one size smaller then u want. Brilliant! I loved everything u had to say!! Thanks!! Very inspirational!

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GRATEFUL_DAWN 12/22/2014 11:08AM

    Thank you for all of the great advice.

By the way, you looks amazing now.
My goal is also to make it to the 100's in the next year

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BARBIE66 12/22/2014 10:18AM

    Happy bday

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MUFFINS12 12/22/2014 9:42AM

    Happy Birthday! You look wonderful and I wish you many great years ahead!

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NANCY- 12/22/2014 8:44AM

    Belated Birthday wishes.
No wonder I like you. :) We share the same birthday, (but not the same year.) Thank you for your gift of what works for you.

Having a mindful birthday and holiday season helps me stay focused on what my desire is and I am able to cast aside momentary (oft disappointing) temptations. You are one awesome lady and will achieve your goals.
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THEHMR1950 12/22/2014 8:27AM

  You are truly an inspiration. Thanks for all your wonderful posts.

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BLUEJEANS27 12/22/2014 8:23AM

    "You can't pee out a pizza" -- my new favorite mantra! emoticon

Happy belated birthday!

Julia

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BULLETMOONTEAKA 12/22/2014 8:19AM

  so impressed with your success I hope I can follow your footsteps but slow increments best of luck in the future year and hope you reach your goal

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MARYELA 12/22/2014 8:18AM

    great and sensible tips thanks I need to start weight training as well next level fitness...

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TZVI-R 12/22/2014 7:32AM

  Nice...

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MOTOGIRL2 12/22/2014 1:18AM

    Love your tips. You have come so far. Happy birthday to you!

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MOTOGIRL2 12/22/2014 1:18AM

    Love your tips. You have come so far. Happy birthday to you!

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KIMBER64 12/22/2014 12:52AM

    Love the tips

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HAPPYJUNEBUG 12/22/2014 12:10AM

    Happy Birthday, Doll! You look so pretty in the recent pictures, especially the close up.

Have a great week!
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BURNINGTHYME101 12/21/2014 11:20PM

    HAPPY ! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! AND MANY! MANY MORE!

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  emoticon emoticon on an emoticon journey!!
Merry Christmas and may this, your New Year be the one that you accomplish your next goal! emoticon
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BOPPY_ 12/21/2014 10:16PM

    Practical advice that works. Great!

Lee

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MELYROD18 12/21/2014 9:22PM

    Happy birthday and great job! Kkeep pushing!

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DJC2021 12/21/2014 9:16PM

    I totally agree with you that most of the work in losing weight is in your head. Congratulations on your work so far!!! emoticon

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TIGTAZ325 12/21/2014 8:24PM

    Happy birthday & congrats on your amazing success! Enjoyed this blog!

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REBESANCON 12/21/2014 7:11PM

    Happy belated birthday! What a blessing to get to start a new decade in life looking as happy as you do in your "after" picture! I love that you use the word "immediately." I've fallen into the tomorrow trap before, and I thank you for that and your other tips. And your page background with the snowflakes is sooo pretty. Here's to a happy, healthy new year of adventures! emoticon

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KLM1956 12/21/2014 6:13PM

  Happy birthday. I totally enjoyed reading your blog today. 🎁🎉🎊🎈🎈🎈

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DAWNDMOORE40 12/21/2014 6:06PM

    emoticon for sharing your success with us! Keep up the great work and God bless you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STORMIE62 12/21/2014 5:44PM

    You are truly and inspirational person in mind, body and heart. Thank you

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PENOWOK 12/21/2014 4:11PM

    You never cease to amaze me with your wisdom and insights! What wonderful advice!! You continue to inspire!

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HYATTI1 12/21/2014 4:03PM

    Happy Birthday and Happy Holidays....thanks for sharing.

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KESTRYLL 12/21/2014 3:58PM

    I love all these ideas

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ELMIEN777 12/21/2014 3:30PM

  New to this, how fo I add you as a friend?

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BOWPINK94 12/21/2014 3:23PM

    happy birthday!

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CHELSEAV86 12/21/2014 3:19PM

  so awesome :)

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ASCHU2 12/21/2014 2:36PM

    Happy, happy, healthy birthday!!!

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ALLFORHIM8 12/21/2014 2:32PM

    Good blog!

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PSYCHICQUILL 12/21/2014 2:15PM

    Congrats and thanks for the tips! Happy Birthday. You are an inspiration.

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JERICHO1991 12/21/2014 2:14PM

    Lots of good advice. Thanks.

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MOMMY445 12/21/2014 1:49PM

    happy birthday! Have a wonderful day!

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What Does GOD Have To Do With My FitBit?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Singing "All I want for Christmas is a Fitbit Charge" They have a new one coming out! It has a heart rate monitor! I need to save up! I have hope... You see, long before I ever get my heart rate up into a calorie burning zone, the pain form my disabilities kick in and crush me. I hold hope that that won't always be the case as I lose weight. The doctors seemed to think I would never get this far and would have had me having all manner of surgeries, but I never did. I owe it all to GOD that I was able to lose over 200 pounds and do what I do without anything radical... or actually at all. A person who went to GOD as broken as I, would have never dreamed of ever owning a Fitbit in the first place because it would be of no use. Now, I may be in the slow lane compared to my walker and runner friends, but I'm much happier.

My prayer was that I gave up trying and that if HE wanted, HE could just have at it because I was done. Yes, I was mad. I had asked for healing over and over. In giving up, I found release. I found I no longer expected HIM to make me perfect and accepted the progress HE gave me. Miraculous. Progress, not perfection.

  
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LADYDARYA 12/26/2014 11:18AM

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CICELY360 12/22/2014 9:45PM

  good blog

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AUDILANE 12/22/2014 4:35PM

  Thanks for sharing. I needed to hear it. May God bless you with all it takes to be successful in this journey

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BOPPY_ 12/21/2014 10:19PM

    If you owe the success to "god", then you must owe the prior failure to he, she, or it.

Simpler to realize that you are at the center of all that you can do.

Not all things are possible for anyone, but making the effort will get you further than not.

You are a success. You made you a success.

Congratulations,>
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THANKFULLADY 12/20/2014 11:30AM

    You are truly an inspiration!

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AMYSYOKO 12/20/2014 9:33AM

  what an inspiration and just what I needed to see this morning emoticon emoticon and fast or slow, you[and God] are getting it done, 200 lbs wow

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MOONGLOWSNANA 12/20/2014 1:47AM

  You continue to be an inspiration! Merry Christmas!

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KJBDOIT 12/19/2014 9:21PM

    Just got done studying John 1. Jesus said come follow me, He also said I am the way, the truth, and the life, I heard that Jesus plus nothing is everything, Jesus plus anything is nothing. Makes sense to me. James, his brother said that faith is everything, works are just the evidence of faith. Love your post. Q. do you do food tracker?

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LCDDUB 12/19/2014 1:20PM

  You truly are an inspiration. As I often say "Go with God..."


Carpe Diem


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TJOHNOCONNOR 12/19/2014 8:04AM

    I love my fitbit flex but I dont think I will upgrade to the new Surge.At least that is what I think its called. I will opt for a Smart Watch instead. With the smart watch I can use any of my running apps like Endomondo or mapmyfitness. It can use Heart Rate apps from Google Play or any number of pedometer apps. Make phone calls and play music.

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BLUEJAY1969 12/19/2014 5:33AM

    Thank you! I needed to be reminded that it's not necessary for me to be a "fit" as some of my more active friends - it's just important to be "fit" for me! My disabilities may never lend me to long periods of walking or ever running but I can chair exercise with the best of them and am in the best shape I have been in for years! God has his ways and He had you remind me of His plans in a most timely manner!
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MSPROVERBS31 12/19/2014 1:17AM

    I'm so blessed & nearly renewed by reading your blog.

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DACRAIG558 12/19/2014 1:07AM

  Your blog has inspired me and given me hope. One step at a time. All I have to do is one step at a time. Thank you!

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WHITEANGEL4 12/18/2014 11:26PM

    Hope you get your gift

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DLITE719 12/18/2014 11:07PM

    Good for you. You put you illness in God's hands and he is leading you. Listen with your heart.

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KHALIA2 12/18/2014 10:35PM

  AMEN!

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SPEDED2 12/18/2014 8:29PM

    You are such an inspiration! For those of us who struggle, God has given you and your story to us to light our path to better health. Perhaps, this was His Great Plan all along. You are truly blessed!! emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 12/18/2014 5:18PM

    What a great blog! To God the Glory! As it should ALWAYS be! emoticon

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CHELAGETSFIT 12/18/2014 5:13PM

    GLORY TO HIM!!!

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TLCFME 12/18/2014 2:09PM

    Soooo True!

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DELLA10 12/18/2014 1:31PM

    You have really inspired me to get moving. I too have had some back problems and all I hear is that if I would lose weight, I wouldn't have so many problems. People like you who understand are so important to those of us who are struggling. Thank you for sharing your story! I must say, you are beautiful!!!!

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ZANYGIRL1 12/18/2014 1:30PM

    I too am going slow. But with God's help, I am able to do more than I was doing a year ago! I may not be able to keep up with others, but I am so blessed, and so are you!! God is great!! emoticon

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JACKIE4019 12/18/2014 1:08PM

    I'm waiting for one of those myself.

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WALKITOFF101 12/18/2014 1:07PM

  Praise God!!!!
Thank you so much for sharing.
Pray for me on my journey.
Bless you for sharing this post. emoticon

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MSKEATON 12/18/2014 1:03PM

  Progress...after two strokes and left side weakness I found myself in the same boat.

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OKGOATGAL 12/18/2014 11:41AM

  Yep. God Bless!

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BARCELONAME 12/18/2014 11:30AM

  Well said

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RUFFIT 12/18/2014 11:30AM

    Love it!!! Progress not perfection!!

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CHUBERASER 12/18/2014 11:01AM

    Sometimes, we have to let go in order for God to take control of the situation. We can try and try to do it ourselves but we will fail miserably. I have found that when I turn my problems over to God I feel such a release. And, you know what? God hears our prayers (even when we are too hurt or too mad to actually say a prayer...he knows our heart) and he loves us so much that he will take control and help us with what we ask for.
You are such an inspiration to me...as well as so many others! May God richly bless you!!

Deb

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BARBIE042 12/18/2014 9:53AM

    emoticon emoticon AMEN !

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SLENDERIZINGSUE 12/18/2014 9:39AM

   
Praise you, for giving God the glory!!!

I know you're going to do just great! Keep up the fabulous work.

blessings, Sue

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    Amen! emoticon

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CECE55555 12/18/2014 9:01AM

  Congratulations, He has definitely been my rock. I am off almost all medication at this point. It is a great feeling

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ROSEDALE777 12/18/2014 9:00AM

    Amen. Turning it over to God always seems hard to do. We want to think that we have control but that is the problem, we don't. He does. It's wonderfully amazing how once we let go the changes that come our way. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas emoticon emoticon

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ABBY44118 12/18/2014 8:17AM

  Congrats and thank you

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SHERYLP461 12/18/2014 8:15AM

    You are an amazing person! I hope you get your fitbit! Happy Christmas

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ILUV2FSH 12/18/2014 7:48AM

    Thank you!, You put down in words what I have been struggling with. I actually just received the Surge. It is not out yet but if you go to the fit bit web site and click on notify me when available they sent me an email allowing me to get the surge before it is made available to the public!

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The Robe and Progress for 2015

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Well, I always wanted something from Victoria's Secret. I found a robe in size large and it was close to fitting but not quite, very motivating. If I would get off my duff and kick things up a notch, I could wear the pretty robe in a size I literally have not worn since I was 13.

I'll be posting progress pics of the robe in January, hopefully fitting the front more closely together.

  
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SYLPHINPROGRESS 12/25/2014 12:14AM

    Oooh-la-la, Miz Beth. I predict that next year, when the Victoria's Secret TV fashion show comes around, you'll be strutting around the stage wearing a pair of those crazy wings all the VS models wear. Hot diggity.

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KALEWINE 12/24/2014 6:45PM

    Nice robe! And it's good motivation!

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TZVI-R 12/22/2014 7:33AM

  OK...

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CHRISTINEBWD 12/21/2014 9:08PM

    What a pretty robe! emoticon

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MYAKAYAH 12/17/2014 4:51AM

    Beth I missed this one apparently! Good job with the robe and I am sure you are progressing :)~

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SUNGIRL822 12/15/2014 2:16PM

  thank you for sharing!!!

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GOAL_IS_170 12/15/2014 7:48AM

    You loo amazing and you're almost there..

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 12/6/2014 10:41AM

    Great job so far! You can totally do this!

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MZANGELFACE 12/4/2014 9:43PM

    I can relate. I was recently in the "Pink" side of the VS side of the store and was upset there was nothing in there I could fit :-( Even my boobs didn't fit any bras or sport bras. I'm hoping to go back in my birthday (April) and try it again. :-)
Way to go! You can do it!!

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PRETTYPITHY 12/4/2014 8:16PM

    You are going to be unstoppable! Shucks -- you already are!

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SUPERSYLPH 12/4/2014 7:54PM

    WooHoo! You can do it! I believe in you!

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MASTERPIECE8 12/4/2014 2:53PM

    Beautiful! I look forward to January updates. I'm sure you'll do it.

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ACHIEVECHI 12/4/2014 9:32AM

    Great motivation. BUT! Keep in mind that with the "right" undergarment, that robe doesn't need to be closed to look really hot. (Obviously, something that will not be posted on SP.)
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PATTISTAMPS 12/3/2014 1:12PM

    That is so beautiful, and you are going to look fabulous when you have it closed! I know you can do it! You have come so far, and you look amazing, but know that shopping in the misses department and wearing something from VS is HUGE! Keep that spark burning, and keep your faith in yourself!

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BTRFLYDOG 12/3/2014 12:00PM

    Great way to get motivated! emoticon

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ISABELLE31 12/3/2014 10:42AM

    Awesome!

(Side note: I love your snowflake background!)

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ALICIA363 12/2/2014 8:54PM

    Beautiful! And the robe's pretty nice, too.

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JILLY814 12/2/2014 4:39PM

    great motivation! Good luck.

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DIANAOR1 12/2/2014 1:23PM

    You are certainly an inspiration to us all and you can definitely look beautiful in that robe in the days to come. emoticon

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KARENO5 12/2/2014 12:14PM

    You will get there. You have come so far I know you will succeed in this.

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HOLLYY1985 12/2/2014 12:11PM

    You got this and a very fancy robe!

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BOPPY_ 12/2/2014 11:07AM

    You've accomplished a lot. You deserve not only a VS robe, but also an Obi Wan Kenobi robe.

You'll be there soon.

Lee

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DONNA_VT 12/2/2014 10:57AM

    Pretty robe and you will be able to see your progress. You can do it!

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DIANNEMT 12/2/2014 10:01AM

    Fantastic!! First the robe--later, other things!

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TERRI518 12/2/2014 9:55AM

    You doing fantastic! Can't wait to see your January pic! emoticon

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MRS_PALMER 12/2/2014 7:05AM

    Your doing great Beth, I'm proud to call you my friend

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RENATA144 12/1/2014 11:31PM

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SCOOBYMARE59 12/1/2014 8:30PM

    WOW what a great visual to work for. And such a pretty one too, you are definately on the right track emoticon

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WOOFERCOALBOY 12/1/2014 6:40PM

    You are inspirational!

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MDILLMAN3333 12/1/2014 6:39PM

    You can do this!!!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/1/2014 2:57PM

    Pretty lady !! (and robe!) you WILL get there... you've come so very far and you're deteremined. Great job!


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Beth, you are such an inspiration and I know you WILL be able to close this gap in Jan.
You go girl!!!!!

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BBLUNDON 12/1/2014 12:29PM

    wow .. good motivation!

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TIGGER2908 12/1/2014 12:22PM

    At almost 300 pounds, I never expect to be able to fit into anything at Victoria's Secret. After seeing this picture, I think I may just make it one day. Thanks, Beth, for being the motivator for so many of us.

Karen

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PETTIGREW3 12/1/2014 12:10PM

    Way to Go! emoticon

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MOMMY445 12/1/2014 11:44AM

    you look amazing! have a wonderful day!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 12/1/2014 11:37AM

    Way to go!!

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DIETER27 12/1/2014 11:31AM

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CHUBERASER 12/1/2014 10:53AM

    I have a beautiful hot pink robe that the kids got me several years ago from Victoria's Secret. It did not meet in the middle, either, and it is patiently waiting in the closet for me to lose more weight so it can be enjoyed. I am working on it!!! Hopefully, we can both enjoy our beautiful robes soon!!!

Deb

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ALIHIKES 12/1/2014 12:20AM

    You look beautiful! Love the robe, it's very flattering color and style.

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DAWNDMOORE40 11/30/2014 11:42PM

    emoticon emoticon Just believe you can! I know I will be seeing you in that robe come January! emoticon

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