LORIMAGI5's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LORIMAGI5 LORIMAGI5's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Been Gone Too Long......Checking Back In With SP: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401534 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1032119859.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It has been about 4 months since I have blogged on SP or tracked food and fitness. <BR> <BR> During that time, I have occasionally logged in, spun the wheel, read an article, looked up a recipe...but I've mostly been absent, and I have missed SP in my life. <BR> <BR> After releasing 40 pounds, I went through a psychoeducational course on Toxic Shame, along with my dear husband. An overwhelming amount of old mem... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:59:07 EST I Have to Share ALL of me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268794 Hello Dear SparkFriends, <BR> <BR> Just 3 weeks ago, I was writing my happy blog about releasing 40 pounds and celebrating my 6-month SparkVersary, and bless your hearts, you are still logging in your loving and supportive comments on that blog, cheering me on. Oh, I am SO GRATEFUL for all of you!! <BR> <BR> Without you, I would not have the courage to write THIS blog, today. But many years of recovery, counseling, and working through my past wounds - healing - has taught me that I must sh... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 16:10:53 EST 02.09.2013 Released 40 Pounds as of Today!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244476 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1505969181.jpg"> <em>516</em> I'm so very happy to blog that as of today, I have released 40 pounds of excess weight - but it isn't just fat and water that I've released... <BR> <BR> Shame, Pain, the Illusion of Control, Isolation, Hiding Out, Running from Intimacy, Terror of Being Vulnerable, and more....40 POUNDS of those things have left the "building." <BR> <BR> And there is not a day that goes by that I don't feel profound gratitude ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 21:55:04 EST Sunrise Reminder of Sunset's Promise of Hope for All :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238932 I took these yesterday morning from our living room window. If the blinds hadn't have been down (but slats were turned open), and if I hadn't have gotten up to pull the blinds all the way up, I would have MISSED this! <BR> <BR> I was so grateful to capture this splendorous image of Nature's Morning Smile of Love that I wanted to share it with all of you, my SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Blessings Abound Today for You! <BR> <BR> Lori <em>434</em> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 15:21:08 EST A 4-Month Plateau Has Fallen . . . to the Spark !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234735 Greetings Friends! <BR> <BR> Oh, I am so excited! After 4 looooong months in a weight loss plateau, I have left the "230's" behind! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I weighed in this morning at 228.5 lbs; that's a 38.5 total weight release, from my highest weight of 267 lbs. <BR> <BR> I accomplished this not only by exercising and staying within my caloric range (especially over the past 4 days, he he), not only by tracking my food and using many, many tools to get through cravings fo... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 17:29:30 EST New Tools Discovered http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228589 For the past 2 weeks, I have really immersed myself in the Spark way of life, and this has shown me why I've been on a weight loss plateau for about 3 months. <BR> <BR> I've been exercising daily - that's good - but I hadn't been tracking my food much, and although I only gained 5 lbs. over the December holidays (released them already :), I can see after 2 weeks of tracking my food that my portion sizes had crept back up to way more than I need; my food choices had slipped out of balance (t... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:57:26 EST Bless Me, Bless Water :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210100 Good Morning! It's foggy and overcast . . . a grey day is nice for calm reflection. Yesterday, I began organizing our upstairs - clearing away clutter and boxes from the desk area. <BR> <BR> Gotta get rid of at least some of our books! OMG we love books - text books from college; field guides for plants, birds, bugs; writers' handbooks; maps; physics and chemistry notes; recipe books; self-help and recovery; health and wellness books; and so on!!! <BR> <BR> Figured out how to install an al... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:36:00 EST My Journey 2 Wellness is Amazing Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057802 My Journey 2 Wellness is Amazing Me! I've been with SparkPeople 1-1/2 months now, but I have - like many of us - been a self-taught student of "diet" and exercise nearly all my life. When I was a baby starting to eat solid food, my mom told me later, my parents couldn't get the food shoveled into my squalling mouth fast enough! <BR> <BR> It seems I have always been hungry, yearning for fulfilment, longing for something, someday, when I would finally feel satisfied. I took a course of diet ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:55:55 EST Keeping a Positive Frame Around My Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025411 Hello SparkFriends! Thank You so very much for sharing your experience, strength, hope on SparkPeople - you are all so wise and compassionate, and I really need you and this wonderful program in my life. This FEELS different to me - different than all the diets, fasts, self-help books, and even 12-Step (Overeater's Anonymous) that I have tried since the age of 12. <BR> <BR> I joined SP on August 3rd 2012, so I'm new at this, and I find myself saying "Wow, that's SO cool !!" at least once ... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 20:32:54 EST Hello, my name is Lori :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013869 Greetings All SparkPeople ! Whew, this is a BIG step for me - I just read a featured Blog by another member who said to make our SparkPage public, because when we hide ourselves, we miss out on all the wonderful support available with our SparkFellows (not her exact words, but that's the idea). <BR> <BR> Ouch! But I needed to hear that, from one of you, you who have struggled just like me to lose weight and health problems, you who choose to log on and take it a day at a time with SparkPeo... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:18:45 EST