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How I made Myself My Own Valentine

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Last week I found myself at Kroger on the way home from work. Not an unusual occurrence at all, but I was prowling in addition to picking up forgotten items for dinner. Truthfully, I didn't "need" anything for dinner. I was there for a fix. Something sweet, carby, something I hoped would ease my stress. I ended up eating a kind of stale, cold apple fritter in my car in the parking lot so my daughter wouldn't see me eat it. Now, I've never had a drug habit, but I felt like an addict as I inhaled this thing. I like an apple fritter, but they are best warm and fresh, not 10 hours old and cold.

I was eating carbs, mostly healthy ones but with an additional refined friend, at every meal and some snacks at that point. My calories were way up (even on a day without a fritter) and I was even eating too much fruit on a daily basis. I did not reach 300+ pounds from eating too much fruit but no one needs more than one banana on any day in my opinion!

I realized I had come to rely on sweets and carbs like an addict relies on a drug. I also realized I could very easily regain a lot of, if not all of, the 100 or so pounds I've lost if something didn't change. I knew I would have to go cold turkey to get rid of the intense cravings, and I would need a plan to put healthy carbs back into my life.

I decided to return to the South Beach diet and really work it. I began phase 1 Feb 9. This put me on day 6 yesterday, Valentine's Day. I teach 2nd grade and kids LOVE to bring candy to their teacher. Mostly the inexpensive kind, which I knew I would be ab;e to resist, but sometimes you'll get a really nice box.

Yesterday I got 2 inexpensive boxes, one nice box, a REEEAAALLLYYY nice assortment of truffles, a cupcake, a bajillion suckers, and lots of small candies. I thanked my students with lots of hugs as they brought them, let the items sit on my desk until the kids went to their ancillary classes, then offered them up to coworkers.

I ATE NOTHING!! I had my planned snack of cherry tomatoes and a cheese stick, drank a lot of water, and chewed a stick of gum. I made it through on plan!

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The best gift I got? An insulated clear glass with a lid and a straw (kind of like a Tervis tumbler) with a few individual candies in it. Brilliant! This student is the 4th on the family that I've taught, so the family has seen me lose quite a bit of weight. I don't know if that played a part in their decision, but it was a brilliant gift!

Yay, me!

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HAKAPES 3/4/2013 6:14AM

    Wow! You now enjoy all the benefits of the preparation and planning! :-)
Way to go!
Congratulations on being featured blog post!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 2/27/2013 9:26AM

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KAR815 2/23/2013 8:56AM

    I read your blog love it! It reminded me of what I do too! Im a candy freak ... I have a sweet tooth, before I never thought about it how much candy I was consuming even if I was working out in the past. I also for Valentines day recieved alot of those cheap chocolates, roses, and the truffles in a tumbler w/ straw! Thought wow I love this now I have my water with me in a cute bottle to sip on all day! Im a preschool teacher and the parents are so generous, but sometimes I wished they would just make a homemade card , or a gift that isnt a cute cupcake or treats Im gonna want to eat! Your doing great...good luck!

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CM_GARDNER78 2/22/2013 3:33PM

    That is AWESOME!! Look what you can do with a PLAN! Great reminder - and GREAT job!!! :-)

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MINEA999 2/20/2013 7:08PM

    Nice work!
You inspire me - you're at a weight I dream of being and you started where I am now. You're living proof that it can happen. Thank you!

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CHESAKAT41 2/19/2013 3:29AM

    Way to go - great example for all of us. Nice Blog! LI, NY sends you a wave...
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NOLAZYBUTT110 2/18/2013 11:15PM

    Your braver than me! I cant resist expensive chocolates! whst your secret? susana emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PCASEY7 2/17/2013 1:37PM

    You showed growed resistance in the face of so much temptation! Good for you and good luck the rest of the way!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 2/17/2013 12:20AM

    Hooray!!! Sounds like you did a FABULOUS job resisting temptation; I'm not sure I could have! Love the idea of the water glass gift. How thoughtful of them!

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MIGHTYMO14 2/17/2013 12:13AM

  I teach 2nd grade and can really relate to how tempting those treats from students can be. Fortunately, this year I was off track ( I teach at a year round school) for Valentine's Day! Since I love chocolate too, I opted for one chocolate covered strawberry instead of the yummy cheese cake the women in line with me had. Next year our school is going to a traditional calendar, so I will use your advice and plan ahead. Way to go! emoticon

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BUMPS2 2/16/2013 11:40PM

    Now THAT is so fun. You should be proud of yourself. Good going. It feels good to make 'better choices' emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 2/16/2013 10:54PM

    I have one of those tumblers that I take to functions like church filled with my water. They are wonderful! What a thoughtful family. You are doing very well and if the South Beach diet works for you, keep it going!!
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FRANCIEVW 2/16/2013 10:16PM

    This is huge strength, to realize that you are giving way more to yourself by not caving in! You did the tough part; now sustaining it is the hard part! Still, you have made it, so enjoy the view...while sipping out of your fancy-pancy tumbler!

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MANILUS 2/16/2013 10:03PM

    That takes a lot to not eat some of the desserts, great work!

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    Excellent!!!!! A++++++! emoticon

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    Great job!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon You did it!!!

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NEWTINK 2/16/2013 6:23PM

    Very good for you ... i love the glass gift more people should do that ... emoticon emoticon

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DIANNEMT 2/16/2013 6:03PM

    Congrats!! There is so much now on the addictiveness of sugar--I need to just stay away from some things! You did SUPER.

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MARYJEANSL 2/16/2013 5:16PM

  Wow! Very impressive will power. Go you!

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AKATHLEEN54 2/16/2013 3:21PM

    Yeah you!! You willl do it. Way to stay on track especially on such a difficult day to do it! PS I love my Tervis with a straw.... its the best way to get all that water down!

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LIVELYGIRL2 2/16/2013 2:17PM

  That is darn impressive what you did. Great plan!

If you want to see how my sis lost almost 100 lbs. that program, go to, 1GodismyRock1 and see how she looks now. PROUD SISTER , yes, I am. emoticon

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    emoticon I have trouble resisting chocloate.

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  Great blog!

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GRIZ1GIRL 2/16/2013 12:01PM

    You totally ROCK! :) Yay, YOU! Happy Valentine's Day!

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NEWCHINELO 2/16/2013 12:01PM

    You did it CONGRATULATIONS!

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PATIMAGE 2/16/2013 11:12AM

    Ditto on the Yays! Awareness is so much a part of the journey!
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JANEMARIE77 2/16/2013 9:47AM

    way to go you made yourself more important wonderful keep it up we know you can do it

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  good blog

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