GEORGIEGURLZ's SparkPeople Blog GEORGIEGURLZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Encouragement I went to UPMC on Tuesday to see my liver Dr. I haven't lost as much weight as I had hoped to between visits. But I have lost weight. <BR> My Dr. was so encourageing. He said he was very pleased with my weight loss. He didn't say you should have lost more. I was so encouraged by his attitude. He told me to keep up the good work, not you should have done better in the time you had. <BR> He said he was pleased with my blood work results taken by my Dr. here. Normal for the first time.... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:13:26 EST Birthday promise Every year for I don't know how long I have set weight loss goals to be accomplished by my Birthday. I never met them. This year was different. I am about 43 pounds lighter this year than last year. So, Happy Birthday to me. One day late, although it was my Birthday when I sat down here. I am staying up late tonight. <BR> Accomplishing that goal really meant alot to me. I am at a stand still as far as weight loss goes, but I feel so much better, I am stronger, and I feel alot bette... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 01:13:33 EST Revelation My Brother visited me yesterday and some how we started talking about weight. He said"How much would you weigh if you had the fat off of you, at your own natural healthy weight"? He is very matter of fact. I said "I have no idea, but I thought 155 pounds would be a good healthy weight for me". He said " Then eat like you are at your healthy weight". <BR> That was a real revelation to me. I eat to much to be at my healthy weight. So it just hit me like a ton of bricks. Eat like I a... Wed, 29 May 2013 13:26:43 EST Small Victories I am still at a plateau. I am just waiting it out. I am going to start today stepping up my efforts to start my weight loss going downward instead of standing still. I am enjoying my new body. <BR> My sister was trying on a shirt the other day and didn't like it. She is alot smaller than me. She asked me if I wanted it. It fit me!!! I really enjoyed that. I didn't think there was any way that I could wear that shirt. Here's to another small victory!!!! Sat, 25 May 2013 13:51:48 EST Still Going I have increased my exercise. I feel better just for that. I have started my garden. Planted some pototoes, onions and parsnips. Can't plant anything else here yet. Still danger of frost for a few more weeks. Just planting the things I can right now. Gardening is good exercise. <BR> My weight is staying the same or jumping up and down. I have hit a plateau. I thought increasing my exercise would help pull through a plateau. So far it hasn't. I need some suggestions. My glucose lev... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:47:53 EST Changes I have been increasing my exercise lately. I had been a little lazy there for a while. I went for a walk with my husband the other day. We walked up a hill near our property that is really steep andabout 1/4 mile long. One year ago, I could barely walk that hill. I had to stop every few feet and take a break. I couldn't hardly get down the other side. It was just to hard. Since I have lost 43 pounds it is amazing the difference in my fitness level. I was able to walk the hill across... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:55:27 EST Out of Shape This evening I realized that I need to get back to my normal exercise routine. I had a real hared winter this year. I was sick for a couple of months and couldn't manage to find enough energy to exercise, it wasn't there. It took me quite a few more weeks to begin to feel human again. So I got lazy after I felt better and haven't been exercising like I should. <BR> My 9 year old Granddaughter and her 9 year old friend asked me to play tag with them this evening. Whew!! What a wake up ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 23:07:04 EST The New Me. I have lost 42 lbs. and 15 inches from my body. I feel so much better. I was surprised at the amount of inches I had lost. Of course the part of my body that I want the inches off of the most is coming off the slowest. My waist. <BR> I am making progress. It still seems like it is not me when I put on clothes that are smaller. I have been looking at myself in my clothes and it just doesn't look like me. I was used to the other me. It is going to take a little while to get used t... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 08:46:06 EST No More Fat Clothes. I went shopping this morning in a tote where I had put away some clothes for someday when I lost weight. Today was that day. I tried everything in the tote on. I could wear all of it but 3 pair of shorts. I put my fat clothes into a donation box and they are going away. No more fat clothes. <BR> <BR> When I can't wear my new wardrobe I found this morning, I will just have to give those fat clothes away and get some skinnier clothes. Oh what a feeling. <BR> <BR> Nothing like a free ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 18:44:34 EST Met my Goal!!!! Woo Hoo!!! Happy Dance!!! 198.8 <em>244</em> 198.8 <em>244</em> 198.8 <em>244</em> I met my goal!! <BR> I did the Happy Dance in my bathroom this morning when I saw the results on the scale. This is a happy day for me. I have not been below 200 lbs for 5 years. I set my next goal for 170. I have not been 170 in 20 years. Can't wait to get there. I feel so much better. Look better too. My clothes are getting to big for me. YAY!! Have had to get some new ones. Thanks for all your support Spark Frien... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 08:55:34 EST I am close to my goal I am .6 lbs from my goal. It is coming off slow, but it is coming off. 199 is where I want to be. I will get to do my happy dance soon. Thanks everybody for your support! Sat, 16 Feb 2013 15:47:08 EST Overeating A few days ago I over ate, bad. I did not like the feeling of overeating. I remembered how I used to stuff myself all the time like that. I don't like that stuffed feeling anymore. I felt fat. I remember how I always used to feel fat, Bloated and stuffed. I don't want that anymore. Denise Austin says"NOTHING tastes as good as feeling good feels. I agree with her 100 percent. I feel good when I eat normal meals. I hadn't done that for a long time. Won't do it again for a long ti... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 23:13:55 EST Today is my First Sparkversary!!! Today is my <em>503</em> <em>244</em> I am happy to make one year. It has been a successful year. 30 pounds of me gone. That is a Toddler. I hope this time next year to have lost a whole person. LOL. <em>252</em> Want to thank all the Spark People gang for the encouragement. Thanks to all my new Spark Friends for being there when I needed a little extra. I could not have made it this far without you. <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:03:18 EST Weight Loss is a Health Plus I went to my Dr. in Pittsburgh, at the Center for Liver Disease on last Wed. He congratulated me on my weight loss. With the weight loss and the medication I am taking, my liver enzymes are beginning to come down. When the enzymes become normal; the Cirrhosis will stabilize; or progress at a much slower rate as long as I keep them down. I am still believing God for my healing. He did some more blood work and wants to see me again in 6 months. That is great, I have been there for tes... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:24:33 EST Changing my goal date. I had set my goal to be at 199 by Jan. 20. I am not going to meet that goal date. I reset my goal date to Jan. 31. The date of my 1st Sparkversary. Gives me a few more days to work at it. I am really excited to meet my first goal. I will do this, even if it is not by a certain date. But it is a challenge! Thu, 17 Jan 2013 07:53:32 EST Weigh Days I have found that the worst day of the week I can weigh myself is usually Monday. I eat out sometimes on the weekend. I gain so much water weight from eating out. All the sodium and other additives in restaurant food really bloats me up. <BR> When I eat out it shows up on the scale. I know it is only water retention, but it is uncomfortable. I am eating out alot less now than I ever have. I like to eat out now and then, but I pay another price later. <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:09:58 EST Rewarding myself I rewarded myself for my 25 lb. weight loss by getting a new hairstyle. When I reach my first goal, I will reward myself with some clothes. My clothes are just now starting to fit a little differently. I wore a pair of jeans yesterday that used to almost cut me in half. LOL. Another proof of progress!!! <BR> <BR> I believe my next goal will be 185. That will put me 1 lb. below the weight I was the last time I lost weight several years ago, of 186. I will set small goals til I reach ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:22:29 EST 25 lbs lost. 25 lbs. down. <em>9</em> Another 9 lbs and I will reach my first goal. I am going to keep pushing. I am excited to reach this goal. <BR> <BR> I have lost 25 lbs. but yet I still wear the same clothes. My clothing size has not changed yet. I know it will. My real problem area, my stomach, will be the last to go. But I am enjoying the journey anyway. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:31:01 EST The real reason I am losing weight. I have been lazy with losing weight for a long time now. Even since I joined Spark People. A few months ago, I had a wake up call. I have to lose weight. This is my life. It sure is a motivator when a Dr. tells you you have to lose the weight or you will not live a long life. Strange my Dr. had to say that. I already knew that. I just didn't do anything about it til the Dr. stressed it to me; and it became a reality based on the information the tests the Dr. had done revealed. <BR> ... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 13:12:34 EST Nearing my First Goal I am 11 lbs. from my first goal weight of 199. I set the first goal higher 233 to 199 to get started. I am going to set my next goals 10 lbs. each til I reach a weight that my body is happy with. So my next goal will be 189. I guess I like the sound of the number ending in 9 because it has the next lower number in front of it. LOL. Sounds like I have really lost a lot. Works for me. I am going to do this. And keep it off this time. Tue, 25 Dec 2012 09:57:28 EST losing I am losing weight, finally! I am a little over halfway to my goal. I am only losing about 1 lb. per week. I am going to try to get it to go to 2 lbs. per week. I want to reach my goal by Jan 13. I won't reach it at this rate. If I don't meet my goal by Jan. 13; it's not the end of the world. I will just keep on losing til I reach my goal. Then I will set my next goal. Wed, 5 Dec 2012 07:51:49 EST half way to my goal!!! I am now half way to my goal. It feels really good to say that. I will reach my goal, but being half way is half the battle; right? I am going to keep on keeping on. <BR> Sun, 25 Nov 2012 21:31:10 EST Obeying my God given hunger and fullness signals My garden is done now. The frost has killed it off. I have more time now to do other things. I have a few green tomatoes to work with. That is all that is left. I had a good season this year. I am losing some weight now!!! yay!! I have found something that I have known all along and didn't use; that works. We have God given signals that tell us when we are really hungry, not just wanting to eat, and a signal that tells us when we are full. Obey these signals and your body will respon... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:02:59 EST Still in the Game I have not been on Spark People much lately. My garden is taking up most of my time. I love gardening. Then when it matures I am gardening and canning. Takes alot of time. I have not dropped out of Spark People. I am still keeping on. I have not lost any weight. I did not make my goal of 33 pounds by June 12. I will reset my goals. I am disappointed, but: I will make it. I am determined. I think all the time that I want to be skinny. I really do want to be skinny. I just can'... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 19:23:52 EST Time to regroup I feel like I need to do something different. I don't know what yet. Just something different. What I am doing is obviously not working. I am still bouncing around with the same pounds I started with. I should be losing something by now. I am not quitting. I just need to regroup. Tue, 15 May 2012 06:15:00 EST Habits I am starting to feel better. I have been sick for the past 3 days and I have not been doing my exercise. Just couldn't do it. I will be back on the track tomorrow. Don't want to get out of the habit. Exercise has become a habit. A good habit. One that will make me healthier. I read some information the other day that really grabbed my attention. We should focus more on making new healthy habits than on fighting old unhealthy habits. Sure makes for a more positive attitude. Til nex... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 18:43:06 EST The scale: the great deceiver I see alot of entires on spark people blogs about scale frustration. I think the scale must be the greatest stumblingblock that some of us have faced. Yes, I have been through that also. I would look at the number on the scale and let it be the judge of wether I had been good or bad. I would feel frustrated and even sometimes depressed. I would let it put a shadow on my entire outlook for the rest of that day. Alot of times I would allow it to influence my efforts for weeks afterward. ... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 21:21:09 EST one day at a time I have read alot of member blogs on spark people. I enjoy being able to encourage and motivate others. I also enjoy when they encourage and motivate me. I need that!! Sometimes I need a little encouragemnt, other times I just need a kick in the pants to get me going. LOL. <BR> <BR> So much good motivation and information on this site. I love the articles and quizzes. I even like to take the polls. Being on here always keeps me mindful of healthy eating. I am practicing good eat... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 18:20:54 EST I am a loser!!! Weigh day. Weigh day. I lost about 2 pounds. It takes a while to get the downward trend started. I have been bouncing around with a couple of pounds for a while now. Today I finally got past the bouncing point. <em>134</em> LOL. I don't mind. I am a loser!!! <em>179</em> Thanks for all the support and encouragment out there. It is very appreciated. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 22:10:49 EST Change is on the way I got a compliment this evening. My husband told me that even if the scale weight was not changing much yet, my body is changing. He said he noticed that I am starting to reshape. <em>212</em> That meant more to me than any old scale number. I say Praise the Lord!!! Mon, 5 Mar 2012 23:08:43 EST 1 month in Spark People Here I am 1 month in spark people. i feel better. i haven't lost any weight yet but, i am on my way. Thanks for all the encouragement and motivation. I am sticking with my original goals. I am trying to change habits that I have formed over the years. As I always say "Rome wasn't built in a day." LOL And it can't be torn down in a day. Thu, 1 Mar 2012 18:21:22 EST Setting goals I changed some of my goals a couple of days ago. I redid my goal for losing from 233 to 200 which is my long term goal. My short term goal is to just get started. My original goal to lose the 33 pounds was Dec. 25, 2012; that I had set myself. I redid the goal @ 2 lbs of weight loss per week and it said I could lose the 33 pounds by June 12, 2012. I felt a little scared by that. I don't know why I felt that way. Any ideas out there? <em>40</em> Sun, 19 Feb 2012 20:32:38 EST