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What's her secret?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A neighbor lady came by for a visit this morning. When I first met her last year, I couldn't help but notice that she was very much over weight. She had just moved her family (husband and 2 early-teen daughters) away from the big city in California and the constant lure of fast food and sedentary life style.

In their old neighborhood, there were 15 fast food restaurants within 15 minutes of her house. Her reasoning was, if she could feed a family of 5 for less than $20, why cook at home?

At first the kids hated it in the country, 35 miles from the closest McDonalds.
"Mom, can we go to McDonalds?" "No, but I'll make you a hamburger." "But mom, we want . . . . " and her answer was always the same. Rather than eating at a greasy fast food joint, she would make them the 'real' thing at home.

She also put the family to work outside, clearing brush, building raised beds for a garden, chopping and stacking firewood, building a chicken coop . . . . which took a significant amount of time away from the tv watching and internet play time. . . . . but yielded a lot of benefits.

Fast forward one year later . . . . guess what? Mom has lost 50 pounds! The whole family has lost weight and firmed up. They're raising a lot of their own food, eating eggs from healthy chickens . . . . it's made a big difference.

No magic fad diets, pills or surgeries . . . . just eating REAL food and getting up and MOVIN'.

If you could fast forward to one year from today, what changes would you want to see in your own life?

What are you willing to do to make it a reality?

We can do it.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JTREMBATH 9/20/2013 3:34AM

    I wish I could do that and I don't even eat Mc Donalds.

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ERIECANALGAL 9/20/2013 12:16AM

    Your neighbor sure made a right decision leading to better health for herself and her family. emoticon

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LJCANNON 9/19/2013 10:45PM

    emoticon Thanks For Sharing that Success!! What an Encouraging Thought, and Great Idea to "Fast Forward" One Year. It is hard to imagine what all can change in just a Few Short Months!!

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2BDYNAMIC 9/19/2013 7:06PM

    Excellent blog!! Loved the first pic ......... the apple w/ fries!! Guffawed aloud!! and I still say you have a very witty way w/ your blogs so I will def. stay tuned!! ....... and that is outstanding for your neighbor ........ love to hear success stories! emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 9/19/2013 1:09PM

    Yes, you must change everything if you want everything to change!

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FUNLOVEN 9/19/2013 9:43AM

    I have heard a similar story from a friend some years ago. Her and her DH bought property to build a new house. They did much of the property clearing themselves. In later years she told us "We were in the best shape we had seen in years". This couple pays absolutely no attention to what we would call healthy eating in regards to fat and alcohol intake from what I have seen so I give a high rating to the exercise.

And that is my goal right now; to stick to my fitness plan.

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WATERONE 9/19/2013 8:58AM

    It is so great hearing about your neighbor and the changes she implemented in her lifestyle and her children's and how well it is working. Thank you for sharing.

A year from now, I want to and will be at my more desirable weight. It may not be exactly the number on the charts, but it will be a weight where my body is healthy and functions well. I will have the energy to go and do and accomplish what I want and need to do. I am willing to stick to my calorie range and do cardio daily and strength exercises 4-5 days a week to accomplish this. I have several areas of the yard I'm going to be reclaiming (from weeds, vines and underbrush) for garden space and that is going to help me on my way.

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MJREIMERS 9/19/2013 8:04AM

    Love it! I've been there! Not 50 lbs, but close at 45 lbs. I remember when I had lots of excuses of why I couldn't lose weight. Even my doctor told me that my goal weight would be really hard to maintain and I'd have to watch every bite I put in my mouth.

She was right on one part, I do have to watch what I eat. Not every bite, but I still have to watch it and I'm so glad! I not only met my goal weight, but I'm almost 10 lbs. lighter. It really hasn't been that hard to maintain because of the new exercise regime that I now do.

I love this blog and the reminder of what I've accomplished and what we all can accomplish if we just put our minds to it!

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SONGWRITER8 9/19/2013 7:15AM

    Great story ! It's true though, small changes do make a difference !

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LADYRH 9/19/2013 5:36AM

    emoticon for sharing this great story

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/19/2013 4:15AM

    Great blog!

My husband has lost 10 pounds in the last two months not through any diet, but only because I don't want to eat anything other than whole, real foods. I haven't asked him to change a thing about his own eating, but he has been making healthier choices anyway. It's amazing what happens when people eat real food instead of junk food. Your neighbor is a good example of that.

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PAMNANGEL 9/19/2013 2:49AM

    I'd love a place where I could have chickens & a garden.

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SLIMSHANN 9/18/2013 11:34PM

    That is a great story, nice for you to have watched it. I sure it wasn't easy, lifestyle changes are hard. That woman must be a rock! If only everyone could have a slice of country life!

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PATTIEMCD 9/18/2013 11:32PM

    Fast forward to one year from today......
I would/should be 30lbs lighter, stronger, more flexible, leaner and hopefully have had a tummy tuck. :-)

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FISHINGLADY66 9/18/2013 10:44PM

    Good motivation here. That mom know what's best. Thanks for sharing the story.

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ALIHIKES 9/18/2013 9:18PM

    Great blog, what an inspiration! Real food cooked at home and slow steady changes.

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JEANNE229 9/18/2013 9:14PM

    The "good ol' days" really WERE the healthy old days!

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BIGPAWSUP 9/18/2013 8:03PM

    Sounds absolutely wonderful. I would love that kind of life.

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MERRYMARY42 9/18/2013 7:24PM

    sounds great, and I bet the kids love the new home and activities, sounds like the way I was raised, but not how I live now, bustle bustle bustle, how to slow down

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WALLAHALLA 9/18/2013 7:23PM

    Now that is a real success story.

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GABY1948 9/18/2013 7:22PM

    This is a FANTASTIC story! I wish a LOT of families would do the same...there would be far less hurting and unhealthy people...and especially KIDS!

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BECKYSFRIEND 9/18/2013 6:46PM

    great story-thank you for sharing

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FELINEBETTER 9/18/2013 6:14PM

    What a great story! A testament to living well too!

Hope you and Leroy are still on track..... emoticon

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BESCATS 9/18/2013 5:57PM

    Your neighbor did an excellent job, and is trying to change the eating habits of her family. What a wonderful thing to do for her children. emoticon

If I fast-forwarded, I hope I would find myself maintaining my weight, and still getting DH to continue to lose (that's a chore in itself).

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1CRAZYDOG 9/18/2013 5:46PM

    Good for your neighbor! That's awesome that not only has she lost weight, but her entire family. Makes a huge difference what we feed our bodies!

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 9/18/2013 5:44PM

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USMAWIFE 9/18/2013 5:34PM

    If I could get my thryoid to act the way it should so that what I take it metabalizes like it should and I loose weight, I would be blessed

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