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Why I'm mindful about getting healthy

Thursday, October 25, 2012

About 4 years ago I lost weight by learning how to eat healthier. I grew up in a household where bags of candy were hidden around the house, and I was a very good finder!! This worked and I loved how it felt, however, I did not know how to handle it when the scale crept then leaped back up. I tried the crazy diets that dropped 8 pounds, then regained 10 and even went back to my original weight loss plan....and gained weight!! Now it's about diet, exercise, and managing my mind and emotions. If I feel frustrated, I post about it and receive encouragement from other Sparks members. If I need motivation, I read others blogs or motivational pages. It's encouraging to be with people who have different amounts of weight to lose. I often look to the people who are about my weight (used to be!) and see what they are doing. It beats sitting in a meeting trying to fight back tears while my head is arguing with the results on the scale!
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WORTHART 10/31/2012 9:45PM

    Food is not love and, as I've found, it will not fill any empty holes in your life nor does it make you feel better. Maybe for that instant it is in your mouth, but after you just feel worse.
I hope you and your Mom make your goals.

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EBONYSOL 10/25/2012 7:33AM

    I grew up with a mother who believed that food was the answer to everything. If you weren 't feeling well, you weren't eating properly. If something good happened, we celebrated with food. Mom loved to bake and we loved to eat it.

Breaking those ties to food is taking me time; a person has to eat.
Now I grab cucumbers, carrots and sugar snap peas. I love peanut butter but need to watch my portions so 2 T on a banana makes a great snack. I make a point of eating fish at least twice a week. I traded my coffee for water except for my morning cup. Little changes add up to big differences. My mom still offers me cinnamon rolls or cookies but I say no. At 52, I can make my own food decisions and lifestyle.

You are on a journey that will have its ups and downs. Strive for progress not perfection. GO FOR IT!

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