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Things ARE different this time!

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

I was one of 8 kids growing up. You ate quickly because otherwise the food was all gone. We had to eat whatever was on our plate, even if we were full. As a consequence, I have been dieting a long time - ever since high school. Although back in high school, I was able to lose weight very easily just by exercising and eating healthier - no calorie counting back then.

I have lost excess weight and achieved a healthy weight 2 times in my life. The rest of the time I have been overweight or obese. those two times, I didn't have any plan for maintaining. I just let life happen and let emotions and boredom dictate what I ate.

I feel like one year on has really made a difference for me. I still have about 50 lbs to lose, but last year I had 93 lbs left to lose. I still have bad days where I overeat, but this time I have the tools to quickly get back on track. So maybe I don't lose weight for a particular week when I overeat, but I have the knowledge to push forward and to get back on track.

It is a little harder this time because I have a family to cook for and who enjoy eating dinner out. Last two times I was single and it is so much easier when you don't have all these tempting things even in your house. In some respects, it is a little easier too, because I have all of you to cheer me on and support me. You listen to me whine or rant and you help to keep me honest.

A year later, I have learned to put ME first. I need to be healthy to be around as long as possible for my kids. I need to be at a healthy weight to help my knee replacement last as long as possible. I need to exercise and eat right to set a good example for my kids and even my husband. When I make the time for ME, I see results. After a year of doing it, my kids have learned to accept that as normal.

I have learned in this year that carbs are healthy to eat, but in moderation. Too many carbs make me feel sluggish and also eat up my calories. It is important to try to balance and eat the recommended percentage of carbs, protein, fat and also fiber in what you eat each day.

I don't expect things to go perfectly all the time. I expect there will be times where life really throws me for a loop. But the biggest thing that is different this time is that I am not going to give up. Whatever setback happens to me is just that - a setback. It is not an excuse to give up. I will keep trying until I succeed. Then I will keep trying because this is a lifelong thing, not a one-time thing.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ANGELN325 10/14/2013 5:29AM

    I hear that! When I was in my 20's so much easier for me to lose any amount of weight and now, I feel like the Mission Impossible music should be playing, but actually my challenges for losing weight actually coincided with me developing asthma. I'm not sure why but I'm thinking it has to do with my inefficient use of getting rid of carbon dioxide.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 10/12/2013 1:28PM

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CAT-IN-CJ 10/11/2013 7:37PM


Great blog! Isn't it wonderful realizing that we CAN make good decisions
and that we can make a difference in our life and be a good influence on those we care about.

You're a real blessing to all of us! We are in this journey together!!!


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BATCHICK 10/10/2013 12:49PM

    great blog, sounds liek you've made a lot of great progress.

Never give up on yourself!

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RASPBERRY56 10/10/2013 4:35AM

    Keep up the great work! Attitude and self-awareness are so, *so* crucial to success!

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JAYDEE1211 10/10/2013 4:23AM

    Thanks for a great blog. You have a fantastic attitude! emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 10/10/2013 2:41AM


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INNERJETTIC 10/9/2013 11:50PM

    Inspiring blog. You have made great progress. Just think about all the times you've been disappointed with not having made a decision to improve your health with thoughts like " . . . if I had started losing weight a year ago, I could already be much closer to my goal . . . " Well, last year, you made that decision and have steadily been moving in a healthier direction. Good for you!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/9/2013 10:23PM

    Good lessons learned! HUGS And prioritizing ourselves . . . really important to succeed!

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THOMASINA57 10/9/2013 8:55PM

    Well Said! I always say I eat fast because I had to if I wanted more as the bigger kids always gobbled everything up.. great memories though.. did you get the speech about all the starving kids in the world if you didn't feel like eating all that was on your plate? We sure did!

You made me smile.. AND.. great job this past year and also for learning to put yourself first!

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AWESOMECHELZ 10/9/2013 8:26PM

    I think that for me too, the greatest gift I have learned here too is to pick up and keep going!! What a great blog. emoticon And emoticon In time, your family will be in your journey too. Keep up the great work, my friend! emoticon

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RDEE22 10/9/2013 8:16PM

    You are doing well! Keep it up. You are No. 1.

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TRAVELGRRL 10/9/2013 7:37PM

    I just read an article in a magazine stating how futile it is to try to lose weight, but your blog demonstrates the difference between thinking it's a "once and done" thing and KNOWING it's a lifelong thing. Thanks for your blog, it is wonderful to see how different you are from a year ago.

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NIGHTASBYDAY 10/9/2013 5:53PM

  emoticon great blog ,
I know how it was in those days with large families, lol I too am from a big bunch,
it was always eat, everything on your dish we can not afford to waste it,
then now it leaves you feeling guilty just for couple bites or so left on dish emoticon ,

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MATTEROFHEART 10/9/2013 4:31PM

    Yay! Great job! You are doing it, and this time for life! I am so proud of you!
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MJRVIC2000 10/9/2013 3:47PM

    Remember that there is a BIG difference between making a DECISION and making a COMMITMENT! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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