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4/18/08 1:08 P

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KISHASC--On this site we are as anonymous as we choose to be and it makes no sense to fake progress. We are where we are. It is in accepting complete responsibility for where we are and who we are that can change. I too, am not a master of self awareness, but I am becoming more aware and I realize that I don't always make the right choice, but my growing awareness makes me sensitive to overeating, even good food, like stir fried vegetable. My body still has to digest it and larger amounts are more taxing to the system and even too much or good food is harmful. But it is a learning process and every mistake brings more awareness and some incremental correction. I think that is is more important to make slow permanent changes than radical temporary changes that can't be sustained. My present lifestyle is radically different from what it was 3 years ago, but the changes have taken place slowly and in small increments. I am healthier, I feel much better, and I look very different. I still have a long way to go, but as you said, "It is good to know that we are not on this journey alone."
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"If you are not busy being born, you are busy dying." --Bob Dylan
"Obstacles are those things we see when we take our eyes off our goals."
"If we don't like where we are, change it! We are not trees."
"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity."
-- Louis Pasteur, Chemist and Microbiologist

"Exercise vigorously & stop eating crap." www.concept2.com chanetc.vox.com/


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4/18/08 12:53 P

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Chan, I had actually done the same thing for a few weeks, I left my ticker where it was after a loss and when I gained I never moved it. And then last week I said to myself you know what, put it where it belongs b/c if you aren't going to be honest then what is the point?

I felt like people would be critical of my ticker staying the same or not moving at all, but when it all comes down to it, it's about me and nobody else. I know why my ticker hasn't moved in almost three weeks, and being honest about what I am doing is the only thing that is going to make it move. Physically, I can't explain how much better I feel since getting into a regular activity routine and I am listening more to the cues of my body-now I didn't say I had it mastered, but I am paying attention to it. Learning to stop when I'm full, and asking myself 'do you really want that' are becoming habits and not just for the sake of seeing the scale move, but for the sake of my health. It feels great to be able to share my blunders with this team and others on this site b/c I always think out of millions of people, I am the only one going thru it.

So yes, keeping it honest on the whole is the way to win. Even if we don't, we're not fooling anyone!

Excuses are reasons to keep doing the same things-let them go!!

Think people, it ain't illegal yet!


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4/17/08 11:51 P

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Yeah, Im with you on that.

I knew intellectually that muscle weighs more than fat...but I always thought that when putting on muscle and losing fat...one loses inches and the tape measure could pick up the scale's slack.
I have no clue why I never considered that I can gain muscle thickness and not neccesarily lose fat...or lose fat too...but not enough to show much in a tape measure because of the gained muscle.

Thank Goodness Spark had me take photos and keep pictures. Just because I didnt show in my stomach, or any of the other areas we commonly use the tape measure on....didnt mean it didnt show in my face, calves, writsts, figners, neck...enough to SEE in a picture.
I too fliped out inside about this year in plataue and I too had this weight reversal of gaining muscles. But now Im headed back down again so its all OK. lol
I just keep telling myself that my smarter eating habits and my smarter activities are working their charms even if I cant see a measurement scale, tape, or otherwise, I have to hold onto that FAITH that every step counts and be proud of myself for each step, each small smarter choice substitution and modified behavior, that I make.

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Progress-little to do with speed-much to do with direction.
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4/17/08 11:46 P

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I don't diet any more either. I do watch my consumption level to stay within a healthy amount. I also am very careful that I choose wisely. I was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and had to make quality choices or face becoming a diabetic, taking statin medications, and increasingly dangerous hypertension medications. I decided that a natural approach was the right one for me. My awareness of food portions is coming from becoming sensitive to how it makes my body feel: energetic or sluggish. Recently I've been made aware of the powerful effects of food as medicine to change my moods and to directly affect my health. It is a matter of growing awareness and information. I now make choices based on what makes me feel healthy instead of what makes me emotionally satisfied, divorced from all other realities. It has been a slow, but worthwhile and continuing journey.

Thank you for your references. I will look into them.
Chan
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"If you are not busy being born, you are busy dying." --Bob Dylan
"Obstacles are those things we see when we take our eyes off our goals."
"If we don't like where we are, change it! We are not trees."
"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity."
-- Louis Pasteur, Chemist and Microbiologist

"Exercise vigorously & stop eating crap." www.concept2.com chanetc.vox.com/


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4/17/08 10:47 P

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That is so fantastic!!

Thank you for your support, but I want to congratulate you on your honesty and what you've learned about yourself.

I'm a Law of Attraction girl, all the way!!

I only follow my bliss and nothing else. Life comes my way, but I accept that I created it, so I embrace it and deal with it in a loving manner. You sound like a person who's done just that. Embraced yourself and the consequences of the choices you made to bring you to where you are now.

Because I only follow my bliss, I have not dieted in 3 years, and I never will again. Paul McKenna is a British guy who just had a show on cable that uses Hypnotherapy, NLP and EFT to get results. I changed my life with those same techniques, so I knew this was the path for me.

I'm following my bliss and I lost 10 pounds.

You might want to look him up, Chanetc. But, I'm proud of you no matter what you do. Even if you gain "weight" and don't post it.

Love, Terri

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4/17/08 6:24 P

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A confession:
My recent weight loss was a real psychological achievement for me. My "published" weight on Spark People has remained the same from December until now. My real weight actually increased up to 318 pounds and then I slowly brought it down to the official weight of 310 and now 307. I was uncomfortable admitting that I had a weight reversal, even though my clothes were looser and my muscles were visibly larger. I too have been a victim of "weightism". It is not the benchmark of success, but we are so obsessed with it that I didn't want to admit that it had actually increased. My doctors comment to me yesterday when I said that I had only lost 3 "official" pounds was that "Yes, but you have also gained heavier muscle." That helped put what I already knew intellectually in perspective. I was glad that I was actually below my published 310 pounds but I realized that others may be living with the same internal conflict.

I have also started paying attention to my portion sizes again and going to the gym has replaced the desire to have a filling, heavy meal, because it makes it harder to exercise vigorously. I never suspected that I would ever come to this point in my journey, but I'm becoming aware of how food makes me feel and how exercise makes me feel and a balance of both is ideal.

So my pledge to my team mates is to keep my weight chart updated on a weekly basis and to honestly reflect the scales plus or minus. It is all a part of accepting reality, taking responsibility, and taking action.

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Edited by: CHANETC at: 4/17/2008 (18:24)
"If you are not busy being born, you are busy dying." --Bob Dylan
"Obstacles are those things we see when we take our eyes off our goals."
"If we don't like where we are, change it! We are not trees."
"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity."
-- Louis Pasteur, Chemist and Microbiologist

"Exercise vigorously & stop eating crap." www.concept2.com chanetc.vox.com/


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4/17/08 1:46 P

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Congratulations! I used to weigh 165 pounds. Now my goal is to be a solid, muscular 190 pound person. I work out at the gym 6-7 days a week rowing for aerobics, because it is the best overall body exercise and I love it. I am learning to appreciate people who determine what THEY wand to look like and do the work to achieve it. It is not about weight, it is about health, vitality and accepting yourself first and then choosing how YOU want to look and feel. Our obsession with "thinness" is a marketing bi-product of super thin models that make clothes look like they are hanging on a manikin. Who really thinks that skinny manikin's are beautiful or sexy? I don't! Like all fashion, the "in look" is sure to change, so you are better off being like you want to be and how you want to look.

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Edited by: CHANETC at: 4/17/2008 (13:48)
"If you are not busy being born, you are busy dying." --Bob Dylan
"Obstacles are those things we see when we take our eyes off our goals."
"If we don't like where we are, change it! We are not trees."
"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity."
-- Louis Pasteur, Chemist and Microbiologist

"Exercise vigorously & stop eating crap." www.concept2.com chanetc.vox.com/


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4/17/08 1:27 P

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Can you believe it?

I'm down 10 pounds from my starting weight!!

I'm so excited by this. My whole adult life I've been over weight. Even when I was "thin" I thought I was fat. I don't care about that anymore. I realized that I love my family and think they are all beautiful even though they are all heavier than society thinks they should be. I think that Queen Latifa and Kirsty Allie and Monique are beautiful, even though people feel they have to put an "even though" in front of it. I love the way I look now, but, I always wanted to be a thin person.

I knew it would happen, I just didn't know how, or when. I still don't know when, but boy, do I know how.

All I had to do was change my mind. Paul McKenna showed me the way. It took a few weeks to really get the hang of it, and I'm still working using the techniques he teaches to overcome some fat thinking, but I'm definitely a thin thinker now.

Please, if you're trying the Dr. McKenna Method, come join our team at http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_
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