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Saturday, December 26, 2009

I am hoping that everyone enjoyed their Christmas festivities and stayed true to their healthy goals? I enjoyed a day in PJ's with Sparrow and Boo and made a yummy healthy dinner of wild rice, with chicken& mushrooms and peas&carrots. The only bad ingredient was a little butter.

Tomorrow is my big day! I'm sad to report that I did gain two pounds this week in anticipating my "new leaf." BusyMom was right, I eat enough calories each day to feed at least two people more than they need. Not good....not good. This morning, I am looking at my upcoming week and thinking about reaching my goal by next Christmas. Really? Could I be a 100 pounds lighter by next Christmas? It is physically possible. I'm nervous because I dread the failure that always follows quickly after I start a healthy diet plan.

But this time really is different! I am more grown up now, I have the valuable insight into the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the consequences of staying the way I am, My faith is strong and new and bright, I have friends who are rooting for me and a whole bunch of sparkbuddies on a similiar journey! It can be different this time.

I've come up with a course of action and would like to know if anyone has any comments or ideas? My first week (maybe two as I will reevaluate next weekend) Is to do what I am calling a purification diet. Basically to go off sugar and very low carbs. To eat lots of salad, chicken, tuna, veggies, fruit, eggs. (more protien...I don't think I get enough protien with all the sugar I normally eat) I am actually considering a week of one of those "clean out your system" diets like cabbage soup. I believe that I can do anything for one week. So, at least to start my journey, I'll look at only one week at a time.

After the purification, I plan on going back to almost normal, but less quantities and to remove one unhealthy thing at a time each week or every two weeks. So first, no soda or sugary juice drinks. Second, no empty desserts, third, add more fruit and veggie servings, fourth, no refined wheat or sugar, etc and etc.

I have some emotional issues with my eating and am going to join a steps program at a local church. I am not able to cold turkey anything. Food helps me cope, so I will teach myself to use other coping tools while I remove certain unhealthy foods and add foods that are yummy and healthy.

That's my vague plan. I know that, at times, I will lean heavily on those of you sharing this journey. I hope that I can also be of encouragement to you reaching your goals as well! We can do it! Yes we can!

Trish
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FITJEAN 12/28/2009 9:23PM

    Hey, sounds like you've given this a lot of thought. (Prayer too I hope). The only part I don't like is the cabbage soup diet.... Check out the Spark people food plan for each day on the nutrition tracker. Don't panic...take it one day at a time. Keep busy so you aren't as tempted to go bak to old habits. You will be fine. Maybe focus on your art. Stay in touch. Hugs, Jeannie
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LDBROOME 12/28/2009 8:11PM

    Hey, Sounds like you have a plan. I am so excited. I started the day after Christmas and cut out sweets and sodas. its day 3 and i am proud to say i am doing it successfully. Congratulations on your decision to be healthy and fit. Remember steady and sure steps will win the race!

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GRANLUND 12/26/2009 1:42PM

    I know that you can do this! Set weekly goals for yourself that will help you develop healthy habits (water goal one week, fruit/veg. goal another, etc.), and make sure to incorporate some form of exercise everyday, even if it is only 10 minutes per day at first.

I used the South Beach diet to kick start my weight loss and it worked really well and it encourages healthy habits and longterm change, not some unrealistic food goals that will backfire in the long run. If you haven't checked into it, you should give it a try. My husband and I both lost 7-9 pounds in the first 2 weeks and it really helped curb my sweet tooth.

Good luck and keep us posted!

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