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3/25/12 10:07 P

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A friend who met through a diet I tried last year told me about Spark. I had been on Spark maybe a month and some how found Huntress! She lead me to try the SD and I haven't looked back. The support from all of you here has definitely kept me going. I want to give the SD at least 5-6months. I feel, for the first time, that this plan actually works and with it, I do not feel hungry. The food I crave, I have been able to find in an entree so I'm good to be honest :)

I wish everyone the best!

I can simplify my life and lighten my burdens by deciding realistically what I want to do and what I have time to do. (~_^)


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3/25/12 11:08 A

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I am like some of the others as I have been on spark for quite some time and been on various diets for the past few years. I have read that genetics play a role in our size so I quess that my mothers side of the family has a lot to do with where I could be. I never thought of myself as being real overweight (weight was 187 but was 5' 2") until my husband and I applied for life insurance. He was excepted but I was denied as they told me I was 45 pounds over the limit for my height. Next I was dianosed with RA and told losing weight would be the best thing I could do as not only did I have that I was borderline diabetic (that is genetic on Dad's side). So it appeared that the time had come that I needed to take a hard look at myself which I did and said time to do something about it. I remember my mother going to WW and losing nearly 100 pounds so I tried that. Sure it worked at first but I soon got tired of the counting,measuring,etc. Then I tried the low carb as a friend had lost several pounds on it. Yea, that one did the trick as I lost 30 pounds in 3 months. I then slowly went back to eating the old way as my husband and I were busy and on the road traveling alot so then a portion of the weight has crept back on. I am sure at one point or another all of you can relate to that.I started this and that and even the low carb was not working this time.I thought,must have to do with those genetics again or maybe my age as it is harder to lose once you are older I was told. I, like several of you were in the grocery store when I saw the article. Got the magazine came home read it and thought "simple" yes, that will do even if we have to travel some. The next day I had the book downloaded to my kindle, read it and told myself yes you can do this. Next I got back on spark and was so happy to see a group of great people who were trying the same plan and being so successful at it. Granted, I am not losing as much as I had hoped at this time but I think my body just needs to adjust to the new plan. And the book says that if you are below 175 you will not lose as quickly as someone over that so I have that highlighted and keep reading it when I am dissapointed with the number on the scale. I am not going to give up and this time I am going to learn how, with Dr. A's help how to maintain the weight so I will not have to start over again.
I want to thank all of you for the support that you give each other. The stories and tips are wonderful and for me they help when I am down and wanting to quit.

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3/24/12 11:15 P

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Yes, I did see the diet in Woman's World. It seemed interesting at the time, but I just put the magazine in my magazine basket and moved on. I have been doing some personal work/thinking/reading on self-esteem, simplifying life, spiritual guidance, and the law of attraction. I have also been trying to focus on the important, beautiful and positive aspects of life. As part of all this reflection, my action has led me to eliminate the extraneous things and put my time and energy towards what is my mission. It has been quite a period of growth. When I feel like my best efforts are getting me nowhere or I need some new perspective, I ask the universe, "what do I need to know; show me what I need to see; lead me where I need to be led." So I put it to the universe and said that I humbly just asked to be free of my obsession.......if that meant staying the weight I am, then so be it, just let me be at peace about it. But, through the course of events, I was led back to The Simple Diet and to this team on SparkPeople. I bought the book and am in the process of studying it. Truthfully, I do not have much to lose, like maybe 15-20 pounds. I had always based my weight loss goals on a vanity. Now that I'm older, I want to live a full life as free of disease and disability as possible. I visit my Mom in a nursing home 3X a week and seeing all that really makes you realize that you need to take care of yourself. My tests at the MD have been in the good range but gradually are getting in the upper zone of what is acceptable.
I don't like the trend and want to make sure it stays in normal ranges. My weight gradually went up to being overweight. Well, the book says that even a 15 pound weight gain from high school doubles your chances of diabetes. I feel in my heart that the right thing for me and my family is to stay as healthy as possible.
I am also increasing my activity level a great deal, exercise at the church (free) and do lots of yardwork. I also have been line dancing more and more, teaching to others and see this as "my mission" (had some help from the spirit of the universe with this one).
So far, I definitely feel I am in the right place. I am working towards starting on the diet, meanwhile trying to adhere to it, but not officially documenting anything or formally starting it.
I need to feel confident that I can handle what I know will come up and be my biggest challenges. When I have mentally worked through my tactics of how to handle the events that trigger my overeating, then I'll officially start with logging and weighing.

This got to be a whole lot longer than I planned.......but maybe there is somebody out there needing to hear something that I wrote.

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2/19/12 10:30 A

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I don't usually pick up Woman's World- but my hubby was out of town and I had already read my "usual" magazines. The article made it so SIMPLE that I couldn't resist. I like to have info- so I ordered the book. FOr someone who has HUGE portion control issues- this det is perfect for me.

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2/17/12 7:11 P

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Hello ladies! I am so excited about this diet. I have not always been over weight. I had my first child 16 years ago and slowly packed on the pounds since then. I have always been extremely active but now exercise literally scares me. I think it is the fear of getting started and not actually exercise. I am not only concerned about looking good in a bathing suit but my blood pressure is my main motivation this time. I recently turned 40 and want to be physically fit in my forties instead of falling apart. So ladies I am here for motivation and also to help motivate. I foresee great things with this diet and with all of your help I intend on reaching my goal of losing 45lbs.
Thank you and God bless each of you on your journey
Cindy

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2/17/12 4:21 P

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My grandmother and my mother are both very overweight... myself, I have been overwritten since I was a child... literally even before kindergarten. I let my weight hold me back all my life. I think I even used it as an excuse to not even try certain things. I have a daughter who I found myself saying "don't be fat like me" to... and I'm afraid I've not only made her too body conscious, but I look like a total hypocrit. Healthwise, I have had my gallbladder removed, but that is my only real health issue. My mom has congestive heart disease, bad knees,.high blood pressure and fatty liver issues. My grandma has tonnes of issues that would take me all day to discuss... needless to say, I don't want to have all of those health issues... I want to be able to enjoy life. I won't be caught dead in a bathingsuit even though i LOVE swimming. I hate being in family photos and I hate knowing that my daughter has been teased about her fat mom. I know kids are mean, but I don't want my weight to affect my daughter's life.

I want to be a lively and involved grandma when and if I have grandkids... not the kind that sit and watch them play. Not to mention feeling attractive for the first time in my life would be nice. :)

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2/8/12 11:06 A

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I went to TOPS for years too. Very small group of mostly older women who mainly went to socialize. I really didn't get much from it. I just went for the accountability and the fact that it was so cheap to be a member. I have a lovely bracelet full of charms!!! My husband and I broke down last year and bought a balance beam scale, so I no longer have to "go" to get weighed in, at night, in my clothes and shoes, after I ate and drank all day! Love it, love it, love it.

What have you done today to make yourself feel proud?


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2/8/12 10:25 A

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Wow, some powerful stories! I get emotional reading the similarities, but I can feel the support that comes from having "backstory" in common with a lot of you all!

Welll, I have finally had enough of my self-sabotaging habits. I haven't been overweight all that long, I guess I managed to lose my pregnancy weight o.k. while breastfeeding years ago with my daughter, who's now ten...it was while she was a toddler that my weight got out of hand. So, I guess I have been obese for about eight years.

I have been a memeber of the popular weight loss club, TOPS for 1.5. years now and love it, I have kept about 6 pounds of seince joing, but.... I need a new plan.

I am actually excited to quit faffing around and just get on with it, and shrink, already!

I will also keep going to my weekly TOPS weight loss group. Wishing my younger sister, who also needs to/wants to lose weight were physically closer geographically and we could pair up, doubling the excitement! But I'll be at it for a while, so she will yet have a chance to join in, and even if we only "meet up" over phone chats, I'd like the company in this journey!
I've learned that that's all I can do in regards to this weight problem, surrender and admit I am powerless, keep going, and be guided by wisdom from others as well as from more ancient wells of wisdom.


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2/8/12 9:51 A

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As with most people, I've been overweight most of my adult life for various reasons. Been on the diet roller coaster for what seems like forever. My highest weight was 265, and even at 5"9", that's too much to carry. I went on WW several years ago on my own at home, and lost 79 lbs from Feb to Nov, but over the next few years gained half of it back. Everytime I try to go back to the WW program, I get more bored with it. I know it works, but the constant planning and counting and wasted money on recipes that are just plain garbage caused me to devour every Woman's World magazine that came out looking for "THE perfect diet". My husband and I have done a weight loss contest at the local YMCA the past few years, and have been on it now for a month with little progress. When I saw the diet in the magazine, I knew immediately that we could do this. It's similar to the WW program, but much much easier. I ordered the book from Amazon, got it Monday afternoon, read it that night and went shopping Tuesday after work. So, today is our first day on the program. He has medical issues, so I made him go to his doctor to get her okay, and so she could order blood work. She has heard about the program, and was pleased that he was doing it. We both want to lose about 50 lbs. 50 won't make me skinny, but at 57, my days of wanting to be model thin are over, and luckily, my husband doesn't like skinny women! Yay me! I have arthritis in both knees, so am limited as to what I can physically. He has a herniated disc in his lower back. So, we're both motivated, and I'm excited to find this group of people that all have a common goal, and seeing as the diet is so new, we're all starting out together. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!!! :)

What have you done today to make yourself feel proud?


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2/8/12 7:39 A

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Hi,

What brought me here is that I am sick and tired of DIETS and all of the things suggested in the book and from what you all say is something I can do. I had gastric bypass about 15 years ago and never lost all of the weight that I should have. I struggle with emotional and compulsive eating. When I diet, I DIET!!! I am so tired of this vicious circle and for once I think this is something I can stick to without obessing about measuring, counting calories, etc. I'm tired of all of that although I know that there will be some that I have to do. I am planning on starting this program on either Sunday or Monday of this coming week. I will be eating out the next couple of days so this is not a good time for me. Anyway, 45 to 50 lbs is my goal. I'm excited to do this and for the first time, I'm not dreading ANOTHER diet!!
Blessings!
Gwen

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2/8/12 7:24 A

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I've struggled with weight most of my life. After my boys were born, I think I stayed around 200+. Then all of a sudden, I hit my all time high of 240. At the same time, our good friends talked us into going on a cruise. I did NOT want to be the fat lady on the ship, so I started a low carb/high protein diet (my own version of Atkins). In 6 months I lost 80 pounds and felt great. Gradually, most of the weight came back over the last 5 years.

I now have a precious little granddaughter. I love looking at her pictures, but I don't like being in any of the pictures with her. I just don't like looking at myself.

I've been looking seriously at Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Diets to Go, EDiets, but just couldn't spend that kind of money. About a week ago, I decided to load up on frozen meals and do my own 'nutrisystem'. While at the checkout, I picked up the magazine, 'shake off' and 'supermarket food' caught my eye. As soon as I read the article, I knew I had to try this, it sounds perfect! I didn't want to wait to go buy the book, so I bought it online.

I'm starting Day 3 today! I feel great, and I KNOW I can stick with this!

Like NDHUNTRESS, the simplicity of this plan is what I need.

- Mary

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2/8/12 4:37 A

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I have been a member on Spark for some time had read an article about the site. In the past I have always followed a low carb diet and been successful. But almost 2 years ago I had a complete hysterectomy as well as had my ovaries removed due to constant problems. After that I struggled with low carb and even seemed to gain.

My hubby saw an article in the local paper just after Christmas about The Simple Diet and told me about it. After reading the article I called the local Barnes & Noble to see if they had it in stock and they were out so on the waiting list I went. I read the book on a trip from ND to TX the first weekend in January right after my 40th birthday.

I just knew this was a plan I could follow due to the simplicity. Some of the things that have scared me of late are some health issues that have creeped up. The two most pressing ones for me to get weight off is my severe sleep apnea and my recent RA diagnosis.

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral? 'When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut."-Will Rogers


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2/7/12 11:12 P

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Does anyone want to share what brought you here? ... here meaning sparkpeople.com, simple diet, ready to lose weight ...

Did something click?

Did you get inspired by someone else?

Did something scare you?

My guess is that we might find that we all have a lot in common ... including the Womens World Magazine :)

- Mary

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