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Thursday, May 16, 2013

I lost 2 MORE pounds since Monday even while having a dinner party last night. My SIL was here from out of town so there were 10 of us to go to dinner. I told them I will cook, come to my house.


POTATO salad my sister made
Fresh corn on the cob
Desert: angel food cubed, fresh strawberries, fat free cool whip.

I also made some appetizers with those little phyllo cups? Caramelized onions and bell pepper with balsamic and a bit of Havarti cheese and also some tomato bacon bits with parmesan. They were delicious and very light. Two of the shells are only 25 calories! And I kept the fillings light.

Everyone had plenty to eat and of course talk turned to weight. My SIL told me she was going to do lap band and I asked why. She said its just too hard. I said really? Because this whole dinner was 600 calories!!!
She didn't believe me so I showed her my tracker.

Even looking at it in black and white, she doubted that and I could tell she thought she couldn't do it. We have dieted through the years together. She has seen me in the last 3 years lose 70 pounds and gain back 20 but I have not quit and I won't quit.

Some people want the magic. There isn't any and they dont want to know that. It is hard and they don't want to know either.

I am no different than her. I am no stronger than her. I am no more special than her. But I decided to fight and I still do, most days. Sure there are days or weeks or months that I do not want to eat right or move my body, but it is part of me now. Even when I fail, I am not a failure because I wont quit.

You don't need lap band. You need to not give up. There is the magic.
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  • MAIA2011
    You are the Queen of Awesome! I have lost 50 from my high and I want to lose 60 more and hell if I am going to do surgery.
    1765 days ago
  • LZY0108
    First off that meal sounds amazing!!!! Also, I can relate a bit to what you are saying. Whenever I say anything about my weightloss certain friends ask me what I'm doing. When I tell them about tracking, eating my fruits and veggies, and working out I see a kind of glazed over look go over there eyes. I want to tell them Im sorry its not magical, its work. It's hard, but, once you start and keep it up it becomes just another part of your life...
    Thanks for sharing!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1767 days ago
  • CAALAN23
    There is a lot of inspiration in here. A lot of people want the magic way out but don't realize that the magic is finding the power inside of themselves to do it.

    Not to mention, that the appetizers sound divine. I have no idea what Havarti cheese is but I bet I could eat it. LOL!

    Have a great weekend!
    1767 days ago
    You go girl!!

    1767 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    You're a fighter! One of the many things I love about you! Keep on fighting the good fight! #Winning!!! emoticon
    1767 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    And with every blog I read, my dear Jan, I love you that much more. You are a wise woman and I am so glad to know you. I am SO happy you are back in the groove, groovy girl emoticon
    1767 days ago
    Well said! I believe with the band you have to be careful to eat enough of the right things so you get the nutrition you need! I have also heard that you can get to the point that you can pack on the pounds again. Nothing is free!

    Hope you were able to open her eyes to a better way to get there, 2 pounds at a time!
    1767 days ago
    Oh my your dinner sounds to die for and the appetizers sound AMAZING!

    Heck ya it's hard work, no magic, no fast fixes included.


    1768 days ago
    I've read about gastric, The stuff they have to do to keep the weight off is WAY harder than what we do daily. LOW calories, supplements, and there's some stuff they can never eat agin. A good friend decided that after losing 150, she was going to do what she wanted and gained more than 100 back. So sad. I'd do it this way EVERY time!
    1768 days ago
    I hope you can be a role model to her, and show her and help her to do it without the surgery.
    1768 days ago
    It's great you have lost weight and still eating like a queen. I have never really felt deprived since I started Spark People. Once you make the correct food choices you can eat a lot more. Sunday on Mother's Day I splurged and ate 3 yummy dinner rolls at 450 calories that took away other food that I would normally eat later. I got to experience how critical it is to stay away from foods that pushs us over the limit. I did not go over because I sacrificed. A wiser option would have been 1 roll not 3 but....

    Thanks for sharing and good luck with your journey! emoticon emoticon
    1768 days ago
    Congrats on 2 more pounds! Your dinner sounded yummy!

    My best friend had gastric bypass a few years ago. I think she did it for the same reason - that she thought it would be too hard to lose the weight. I look at the way she has to live now - the diet restrictions, the challenges if she doesn't drink enough fluids, the complications she has had and it doesn't look easier to me. Sure she lost lots of weight quickly, but she still struggles with the emotional eating challenges that caused her to be overweight in the first place. She didn't have to work through those issues to lose weight. The struggle I am going through - the ups and downs, the good choices and the not-so-good ones - all of it is teaching me how to manage for the rest of my life without the complications she is having to manage.

    I, like you, am determined not to give up!
    1768 days ago
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