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9/7/09 8:55 P

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ONce again I want to thank you for the awesome job you did Boo on reporting all of our progress. Your dedication never ceases to amaze me.

And I want to congratulate everyone for become lighter and brighter and for taking such beautiful steps towards taking care of oneself.

Love you all and now on to going down in a blaze of glory@ emoticon


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IDOL AUDITIONS MAKEOVER CHALLENGE FINAL REPORT

Here are the results of our work. Thanks to all for your contributions.

OPTION #1: "TAKING IT OFF" TEAM
BARBARA_BOO, GW155, CW162.7 Goal 13.8 lbs minus 6.1 lbs = 7.7 lbs to lose
CASSIES, GW240, CW241 Goal 10 lbs minus 9 lbs = 1 lb to lose

If there's an asterisk in front of your name, we don't have a 9/4 weigh-in for you. If you stubbed your toe along the way and would like a fresh start, check out the Blaze of Glory Challenge. You might find it more to your liking.

*SUNRISE, GW169, CW173, Goal 4 lbs minus 0 = 4 lbs to lose
*SHELBEY74, GW196.3, CW202, Goal 10 lbs minus 4.3 lbs = 5.7 lbs to lose
*CHARLIE215, GW211, CW232, Goal 25 lbs minus 4 = 21 lbs to lose
*SHEILASMILES, GW233, CW245, Goal 12 lbs minus 0 = 12 lbs to lose

LBS REMAINING IN YOUR GOAL FOR THIS CHALLENGE
1---CASSIES
7.7---BARBARA_BOO

LBS THAT ARE GONE SINCE BEGINNING OF THIS CHALLENGE!
9---CASSIES
6.1---BARBARA_BOO

OPTION #3 "KICKING A HABIT" TEAM
Outstanding progress was made on a variety of habits. Mainly, many of us have become friends. You wouldn't believe the fun stuff we've talked about here.
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SALEE100, Stay in calorie range (1210-1700, usual target 1550)...55 pts (7/7- 9/4)
JOL1KEY2BOL3, Binge-free days & tracking nutrition--54 pts (7/7- 9/4)
DANCINGPENGUIN, Get to bed before midnight...41 pts (7/7-9/4)


If there's an asterisk in front of your name, we don't have a 9/4 point total for you. If you have more information to add, let me know, and I'll revise the report to include it.

*LINDAHUTCH53, Exercise: 15 min daily minumum of cardio, burning a minimum of 50 calories daily. Weekly goal: Burn 600 calories, 180 minutes..44 pts (7/7-9/2)
*ROYALETBONE, Exercise for inner thighs & to loosen frozen knee,6 pts(7/26-7/31)
*SHELBEY74, Floss 5 times weekly--starting 7/20/09, 5 pts (7/7-7/25)
*CHARLIE215, Exercise 30 minutes daily & eat a healthy breakfast daily—3 points
*SUNRISE, Mindful eating & selective TV watching, tuning in only for a specific show

TAKE A LOOK AT THE BLAZE OF GLORY CHALLENGE. Take stock and refresh your target goals for the rest of 2009. Join us in that challenge. Who KNOWS what we'll discover together?!!!

Stay sexy,
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Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 9/9/2009 (21:13)
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This challenge ran through September 4th. By the end of today, I'll post the final results in a SparkMail and also here.

Whatever we do today can go on the new Blaze of Glory Challenge.
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Thanks to all!

Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 9/5/2009 (15:10)
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9/5/09 11:05 A

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Everyone has done GRrrrrrEAT!!! I'm proud of you all and from a purely selfish standpoint, seeing all your successes and struggles makes me stronger and gives me a "positive/can-do attitude". Thanks for being here!
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9/5/09 9:03 A

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Great job Boo on your weight loss and great attitude. That's exactly how I see things... any loss is progress and so much better than the gain that we might see!

I did manage to stay in my lower range yesterday with a total of 1498 calories! WooHoo! My total for the challenge so far is 55 points. The challenge goes until (or through) Monday, right? Should is just be posting on the new challenge now?

Susan

Edited by: SALEE100 at: 9/5/2009 (09:04)
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I'm ALSO very impressed with the progress we're making, INSIDE and OUT. Life goes on, all around us, and we're learning to cope and STILL take care of our own needs.

SUSAN & PENGUIN are mildly annoyed over an extra tbs of sour cream or by missing a self-imposed curfew by 2 minutes, and are THEN able to keep moving forward after acknowledging it with a "GRR." How cool is THAT?!

CASSIE and JOL are both finding a NEW ATTI-TOOD!!! Changes that fit their lives! Changes not based in deprivation, but instead based in self-awareness and planning ahead.

We're feeling good, and we know there will be glitches. We're not overconfident (the rocket fuel of dumb decisions, I'm told). We are just confident ENOUGH to be BOLD, even when we see scary possibilities on the horizon. If we make a mistake and see it as a failure, it's a less frightening error when we have the personal strength to remember that "failure is a temporary condition".

(I ran off on a "blog-like" tangent again, like my husband does when I ask him a "simple" question. He answers with the equivalent of a NOVA TV episode.)
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Here's what I came here to say.
CW162.7
Loss this week=4.5 lbs
Loss for month of August=0.3 lb
(last year's August was a GAIN of over 15 lbs)
So, I'm PLEASED with my progress.
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Loss for this challenge= 6.1 lbs (7.7 less than I had estimated), ONWARD, HO!

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Hi everyone!

Great job Cassie! I love how healthy your attitude is too. Good luck with your next goal!

Jol- have fun on your vacation!

Yesterday I didn't stay in my range (again). I thought I was making it but then realized too late that I had 2 tbsp of cream cheese. So my calories yesterday were 1755. My total is still 54. Today it's my top priority to stay in my lower calorie range!

Susan

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Cassies, that is WONDERFUL! You sound great!



My on time/not on time final accounting is below. I'm annoyed about one of them. Night before last I was working it down to the wire, and then DH asked me to get milk for the baby, who fell asleep by the time I got back and so I had to put the milk back in the fridge. Result: 12:02. Grr. I'm being honest here, so I put it in the "not met" category, but still I'm grrr'd.

I'll check back in later about the new challenge. I'm rather busy at work. Ciao!




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9/4/09 7:26 A

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Drum roll please.......

final weigh in for he challenge: 241.

NINE POUNDS LOST. I AM HAPPY. thanks for all your support.

I have come so far and I did what spark and I set out to do in april....40 pounds by this time! ( pound to go, but no biggie.

This weight loss is very significant. It is weight that was gained as I struggled with my daughter and husband over the past 5-6 years. I lost the weight feeling positive about it...not out of a sense of shame. I did not feel deprived....frustrated and angry at times for sure....but not victimy which was my past experience of weight loss.

I feel that my outside is reflecting my inside which is truly becoming more at peace. That doesn't mean that I don't struggle with life, but I seem to go with and accept it more rather than resisting and trying to control.

I am not sure what to set my next goal for. I ultimately want to go under 200lbs, but need to set my ticker in smaller amounts....seeing such a far off goal is too upsetting...maybe I will look into what is a reasonable goal to reach by the end of the year.

That's the story for now. Thanks for listening!

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9/3/09 10:25 P

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I just finished supper and I will not eat anything else this evening. Another day within calorie range.

Starting Saturday, I'll be gone on vacation for a week, so I'll just do the best I can food-wise and have a great time.

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I didn't post yesterday because I ended up not having time... my bf and I were having cleaning day and I didn't even post my food until it was about done. I think if I'd been posting I'd have done better... course it was pizza night and I chose to have a LOT. I'll just tell you I had 2376 calories yesterday. I really don't feel bad about it... and for some reason pizza doesn't really fill me up (as much as I like it). I like the 80-90% rule... we do need a break sometimes.

But the day before I was in range with 1483 calories. So between the 2 days I can add a point, total = 54.

Cassie- I hope you're not too down on yourself because you really have done well. Our bodies don't always cooperate with us but you have lost a significant amount of weight and eventually you will get there! So, keep up the good work! I started SP late Feb this year and it's more frequent for me to see no progress than to be even a pound down. So I know how frustrating it is... I just have to focus on how I feel, how my clothes are fitting... anything but the number!

Susan

PS Boo- I like this challenge (behavioral monitoring, it's motivating and keeping me on plan more often!

Edited by: SALEE100 at: 9/3/2009 (19:40)
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Starting Day #10 of no binging. Another day within calorie range: 7 days out of 10.

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The %'s count more for me than the streaks do, too. Streaks are a useful tool to get started. Once I experience a day that doesn't go right, consistency becomes easier (for me) to measure, using a percentage of days where I like what I've accomplished for the day.

As long as I can increase my "% of consistency" on a given behavior, I feel happy about my progress. I'm not shooting for 100% (how boring). Anything between 70% and 90% sounds about right for my overall health and happiness. We are all unique and our desired "% of consistency" will be, too.

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I like your Blaze of Glory idea Barbara and I enjoy something like the points I, Susan, Dancing Penguin, and others have been tracking. I will probably work on calories within range this time and of course Binge-free. I really believe as I get smarter that it's the %'s that count for me and not "as much" the streaks.

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Starting Day #9 of no binging. 6 days out of 9 of staying in my calorie range.


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That's great, JOL! Back in the olden days, I would use the excuse of "being a little bit over" in calories to get myself into binge mode. Isn't it great that you can tell yourself it was a little over and that you're not going to binge over it? Fantastic progress! Give yourself a gold star!
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Screw the numbers, CASSIE. Like JOL says, you're doing great. Maybe in previous years you gained, rather than lost weight prior to returning to work in September.

I have had a habit of gaining weight in August. Last year at this time, I was gaining pounds, no matter how hard I tried. I was obsessing and being negative with myself, feeling anxiety over September auditions and other unknowns. It wasn't helping.

So, just chill. Nothing bad will happen on Friday, no matter what our scales say. And as for the people at work not noticing, they probably have their minds occupied with work details for a few days. They'll eventually notice, and you'll wish they hadn't, because they'll get jealous and try to make you feel bad.

Besides, it's more important that YOU are aware of your progress than it is for others to rant and rave about it. WE know how well you are doing. Your JEANS know. And those DANCE CLASSES are another measurement of your progress. So, is the "sitting your ground" meditations.

And who cares how fast we lose the weight? We ALL still have to learn to "maintain" a healthy weight when we get to it. I think we're learning maintenance skills NOW, so that maintenance won't be so impossible.

I want us to keep building on the personal progress that we have each made this summer. For those who are interested, I'll come up with something like a "Blaze of Glory" challenge to help us finish out 2009 with continued personal growth. Others on the team will most likely want to join us, for support to accomplish some of their habit changes and/or other goals. What are you guys in the mood for?

Stick with me, and we'll get you below 200, CASSIE, and me to my goal weight, as quickly as our bodies & minds will let us. We can help one another through all of our trials. No sense "going it alone". We need people who "get" us.

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Everyone, give yourselves a gold star!
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Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 9/1/2009 (23:11)
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I just had an early supper and I didn't know the calories for sure, because I didn't cook it, but I think I'm over in calories today, not too much, but enough to not take credit for an "in range day". Oh well, I didn't binge and I will not binge over it. I will not eat anything else this evening.

Cassie -- You have a right to vent, but I think you've done great! I lose very slowly and have trouble even staying in a losing calorie range. It's taken me almost a year to lose 15 lbs, even though I exercise a lot. Hang in there! You did great!

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I am obssessing a bit becasue Fridayis the culmination of this challenge I am not down as much weight as I would like. I weighed my self yesterday on one scale at dr's office and was 239, then another and was 241.5. Today at school I was 241.5. The women who work at the doctor's office say they like the first scale which read 239....I can see why now!

Anyways I will get the final reading in for Friday. I shouldn't focus so much on numbers.....I did well loosing 8.5 this summer.....but lets see how it shakes down on Thursday.

I guees the fact that I am decreasing blood pressure meds is an important indication of progress.

I am getting down on myself because I am still so big and have far to go to where I would really like to be. But, rightnow I am at a good place. I lost the weight I gained over the past 6.5 years in 5 months. I feel motivated to keep on this path of healthy lifestyle......I just want more, more, more.

I was also a little disappointed that my weight loss did not get more attention at work today.....but is has only been about 10 pounds since I left last June.

I just dream of getting down to the other side of 200lbs...to be in the 190's would be something else!

I am enrolled in salsa fitness and a bellydance class for the fall. Even though I take a bite or two of some foods and don't log, but that feels o.k.

Anyway, I just wanted to vent a bit and share some of these feelings whihc I imagine are common.


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I stayed in my lower calorie range yesterday (1474). Add a point, total = 53.

Susan

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Finished out August in the nick of time.


On time +1: July 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, Aug 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31

Not on time: July 9, 14, 16, 17, 21, 22, 31, Aug 1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 22, 24, 28, 29

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Starting Day #8 of no binging. I was within my calories yesterday, so 6 days out of 8 of staying in my calorie range.

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Yesterday I stayed in my upper range with 1672 calories for the day. Add a point, total = 52.

Susan


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Starting Day #7 of no binging. I was over a little on calories yesterday, so still 5 days out of 7 of staying less than 1700.

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Feel better soon, PENGUIN. And I hope your day of logging food goes well. I'll be thinking of you.
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Last night it was about 12:15 or 12:20 when I went to bed. We had a couple of friends over and were playing a board game. I still would have liked to finish earlier and get to sleep on time, but that's not how it worked out. I'm posting this and then headed to bed, so tonight is back to on time.

Tomorrow: I commit to logging what I eat. I'm tired of being in gaining mode. Now, while sick, is not the best time to be starting a whole Thang, but for one day I plan to log what I eat here on SP.




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Not on time: July 9, 14, 16, 17, 21, 22, 31, Aug 1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 22, 24, 28, 29

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I just finished supper and I will not eat anything else this evening.

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Sounds like all is well tonight.
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Stress and worry are a pain in the butt. I guess we need a certain amount, to keep us on our toes.

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I just finished lunch and I will not eat anything more until supper.

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Yesterday I stayed in my upper range with 1653 calories for the day. Add a point, total = 51.

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Starting Day #6 of no binging. I was over a little on calories yesterday, so still 5 days out of 6 of staying less than 1700.

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Thanks, Barbara, What a sweet thing to say...yes we do have each other, don't we!

I have been sort of stressed about my daughter lately, so I think I wanted to eat more out due to the tough feelings I am having around her. I did finally eat, made healthy toast with a little cream cheese and jam. It satisfied my sweet and NUTRITION tooth. I remembered what you said
about eating junk leaving us feeling not so good, so if I am going to eat I need to make it nutritious.

And yes those other things do sound so much more interesting than eating, but darn addiction to food is loud in my head sometimes!

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We don't have to be bored on Saturday nights, CASSIE! We have one another.
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Food is "only food". There are fantasies to think about (do we have some adventures, like JOL's, lurking in the back of our minds), and books that we can't put down (like the one PENGUIN found worth finishing, enough to skip her sleep curfew on a night when she could sleep in the next day).

Compared to such things, food sounds pretty boring, I think.

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I can't believe I'm missing a juicy discussion like this one.
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FIRST, before I get going on one of my famous tangents, let me just congratulate you, JOL, on your progress with the binge thing. Your statement, "It's heartening to see my binges being smaller and then I get right back on track" is evidence that the binge habit is on its way out and is having less & less power over you.

Knowing that you don't have to be "perfect" and that you are able to limit the binge behavior and come out of it quickly is a LONG WAY from where you started. I strongly agree with you, that it's fantastic progress.

On THE JUICY TOPIC, "Vive la France!"

I love what everyone else has said about your adventures in France. I would like to add my 2-cents. There's no reason to fear aging. We are as sexy as we THINK we are, because so much of sex has to do with confidence.

We know you love your husband, because you've mentioned before how happy you are with him. I learned, during the couple of years when I was "estranged" (so to speak) with mine, that it's possible to love more than one person in a sexual way. It does feel good to be appreciated in that way, even if all you do is think & look.

I believe, as SUSAN points out, that the French are much more enlightened about the beauty of aging.

We've probably ALL had the fearful feelings about how we'll look as we age. In our culture, we've learned to be self-absorbed about looks. Don't let fear ruin the excitement you feel when you "see him (and his wife) and actually touch them and kiss them".

I love this team, too!


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I am feeling like eating sweets...or bread...its saturday night and ain't much going on....maybe some fruit...I have cals left......but I'm glad I checked in here with you jolkey...its helping me to stay focused.


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I just finished supper and I will not eat anything else this evening.

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Thank you all for your comments, they help a lot. Writing it out certainly gives it less power and I'm very happy to have online friends that don't judge me for being attracted and having some love for someone else (although I love my husband very very much) and for voicing my fears which stem from quite a bit of vanity!

Have a great day.

I'll probably check in later in the afternoon to stay honest with my calories.

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Jol- it's so great that you have come so far with your healthy eating habits!

About France... how long has it been since you've seen the husband? #1 I'll bet he's aged too and #2 I don't think that europeans in general don't look at aging like we americans do. Think about how you'll feel about him aging and try to think that's the same grace he's going to give you. I hope this helps some... I do understand how you feel and I'm sure I'd feel the same way... but we need to try to think differently and cut ourselves some slack! Hey you're 20 pounds thinner. You're probably even sexier now than you were last time!

My report for yesterday: I stayed in my lower calorie range with 1492 calories. Add a point, total =50.

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Jolkey,

I am glad you shared your fear. I know I have avoided certain people because I felt that they would be focused on my physical appearance....and I imagine them judging me, not liking me....I can't say it more eloquently at the moment.

But, I think it is hot and exciting to have someone with which to have a "love/attraction," and to be able to go to France to spend time with your dear friends. And I can bet the mutual admiration is based on much more than the physical body.

You are an intelligent, dynamic woman. You're friends will be happy to see you, the wonderful personal that they love. They will not be focused on your physical appearance...they will be happy to be with your heart and soul. I am jealous of your upcoming adventure!

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I stayed up late last night finishing a book. I'd do it again. The whole family slept late this morning, and for that we are all grateful!

Jolkey, I'm not sure if you're looking for advice on this situation, so you can ignore it if you wish ... my first thought is find a way to get out of your head, where you are busy downing yourself so much. Read a thought-provoking book, WRITE a thought-provoking book, jump in with both feet to some charity event planning, find more boards on SP with people who share your interests. What do you feel passionate about? Could you start to write a book -- fiction or nonfiction -- on personal experiences with binging and purging? You write well, so I know that's not a barrier.

Or tie your immersion activity into France: read French literature, study the conjugation of the harder verbs, map out walking routes on the internet. Watch Dangerous Liaisons. (Hey, that could help with the other thing, too!)

It boils down to a suggestion to find something to occupy your mind, to get out of these low-self-esteem thoughts.

I'd better go -- got work to do to make up for days of illness.


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Starting Day #5 of no binging and Day #5 of staying less than 1700. I'm still using Susan's trick of not eating until after 10am.

I will tell you all that it is so encouraging for me to start my day 1's of not binging right away, in the day or even the hour after a binge. It's heartening to see my binges being smaller and then I get right back on track. Of course I want 21 days, 100 days, a lifetime, but these are really extraordinary successes. Speaking for myself, I am very happy with my progress. I went from being unable to stop binging for months, then being "perfect" for a few months to binging/purging for almost as long as I can remember in my life, but now if I binge, it is only for an hour or so and is done with. There's still room for improvement, but it's also fantastic progress.

On another topic, I'm struggling with a few things coming up that are causing me stress because of my low self-esteem. I'm married, but I'm going alone in October to visit some friends in France to practice/improve my French; it began as a homestay that I visited to work on my French, but now they are dear friends. I'm going to tell you something I cannot tell anyone else really: The husband and I have a sort of "love/attraction" for each other and will never act on it, but we love each dearly as friends (more than friends). It makes me feel good to have his love over the years; that happens sometimes between teacher and student. However, the last time I saw them I was still feeling beautiful and youngish. Now I'm feeling scared that he's going to see that I'm getting older (starting to see lines on my face and those wrinkles from nose to mouth) and even though I've lost 20 lbs since I saw him last, I don't really look better, I just look older and I'm no longer looking "busty" but grandmotherly.. I know it will be hot there and they have a pool, but I don't want to be caught dead in a swimsuit, because even though I exercise a lot, my legs and especially my arms are very flabby. So I'm going to go, and I'm sure it won't be as bad as I think, but I'm just afraid. I'm sure some of you have had the same feelings. It's certainly making me nervous. I'm usually so excited to see him (and his wife) and actually touch them and kiss them every year, but I'm self-absorbed with this feeling of "letting him down" somehow with aging. Of course, a woman's age-old problem!!!

Have a great day everyone. I love this team!

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Woohoo jolkey on your binge free within calorie range eating

And Penquin, I am glad your son's surgery is not urgent and that you have time to think.

And Boo, thanks for your acknowledgement for "sitting" my ground....cute!

And Salee...good for your 49 points in this challenge. And, I know about the empty calorie feeling...I do so much better with a pice of toast peanut butter and milk as an evening snack than pure sweet treats that alwasy leave me wanting more.

I do love the relaxation of my occasional cocktails so feel even though they are empty calories, they do feed the party girl in me!

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Here's my report for yesterday... had a good day, not too hungry... had enough calories for ice cream which I put m&m's on last night. Yummy! I stayed in my lower calorie range with 1527 calories for the day. Add a point, total = 49.



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IDOL AUDITIONS MAKEOVER CHALLENGE FINAL REPORT

Here are the results of our work. Thanks to all for your contributions.

OPTION #1: "TAKING IT OFF" TEAM
BARBARA_BOO, GW155, CW162.7 Goal 13.8 lbs minus 6.1 lbs = 7.7 lbs to lose
CASSIES, GW240, CW241 Goal 10 lbs minus 9 lbs = 1 lb to lose

If there's an asterisk in front of your name, we don't have a 9/4 weigh-in for you. If you stubbed your toe along the way and would like a fresh start, check out the Blaze of Glory Challenge. You might find it more to your liking.

*SUNRISE, GW169, CW173, Goal 4 lbs minus 0 = 4 lbs to lose
*SHELBEY74, GW196.3, CW202, Goal 10 lbs minus 4.3 lbs = 5.7 lbs to lose
*CHARLIE215, GW211, CW232, Goal 25 lbs minus 4 = 21 lbs to lose
*SHEILASMILES, GW233, CW245, Goal 12 lbs minus 0 = 12 lbs to lose

LBS REMAINING IN YOUR GOAL FOR THIS CHALLENGE
1---CASSIES
7.7---BARBARA_BOO

LBS THAT ARE GONE SINCE BEGINNING OF THIS CHALLENGE!
9---CASSIES
6.1---BARBARA_BOO

OPTION #3 "KICKING A HABIT" TEAM
Outstanding progress was made on a variety of habits. Mainly, many of us have become friends. You wouldn't believe the fun stuff we've talked about here.
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SALEE100, Stay in calorie range (1210-1700, usual target 1550)...55 pts (7/7- 9/4)
JOL1KEY2BOL3, Binge-free days & tracking nutrition--54 pts (7/7- 9/4)

If there's an asterisk in front of your name, we don't have a 9/4 point total for you. If you have more information to add, let me know, and I'll revise the report to include it.

*LINDAHUTCH53, Exercise: 15 min daily minumum of cardio, burning a minimum of 50 calories daily. Weekly goal: Burn 600 calories, 180 minutes..44 pts (7/7-9/2)
*DANCINGPENGUIN, Get to bed before midnight...40 pts (7/7-9/3)
*ROYALETBONE, Exercise for inner thighs & to loosen frozen knee,6 pts(7/26-7/31)
*SHELBEY74, Floss 5 times weekly--starting 7/20/09, 5 pts (7/7-7/25)
*CHARLIE215, Exercise 30 minutes daily & eat a healthy breakfast daily—3 points
*SUNRISE, Mindful eating & selective TV watching, tuning in only for a specific show

TAKE A LOOK AT THE BLAZE OF GLORY CHALLENGE. Take stock and refresh your target goals for the rest of 2009. Join us in that challenge. Who KNOWS what we'll discover together?!!!

Stay sexy,
BOO
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Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 9/5/2009 (15:49)
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My son's surgery got downgraded to "maybe." There are some reasons to have it but they aren't urgent. We have some time to think.

I've been sick, but I got worked in to a doc visit yesterday, so I hope I'm on the mend today.

On time to bed the past few nights. And nearly ready to start working more seriously on my health.



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Starting Day #4 of no binging and Day #4 of staying less than 1700.

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I just finished supper and I will not eat anything else this evening. I didn't binge and I actually stayed in my calorie range again today!!!

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I forgot to mention, "Isn't it great that we are learning to recognize what 'hungry' feels like?"

Also, good luck with your "meditation interruptus", CASSIE. It's hard to find a quiet time to be alone with our thoughts when family things are going on all around us. Good for you, for "sitting" your ground.
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I feel a little hungry sometimes, when I've had "calorie-dense" treats similar to your chocolate covered pretzels, even though I'm within the correct calorie range for the day, SUSAN. I've gotten used to the foods I usually eat, and I'm more satisfied if I stick with them most of the time.

When I find myself still hungry and, out of curiosity, click on the little button on the food tracker to run a report for that day, it usually is related to too little fiber, too little folate, and/or too much sodium. It tells me what I could have included during the day, to compensate for the lacking nutrients in my treat. I make mental note (for future reference & planning), drink some water, and tough it out until the next day, like you did.

Don't you just love labels like "calorie-dense" and "empty calories"?
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"Empty calories" (usually booze or sugar) leave me "empty".

Your BF loves his night time snacks. You may have to invent a game for yourself, where you try to guess what he'll want for a snack each day, and then plan your meals backwards to allow for them. Let's see. What shall we call it?
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Last night I wanted to eat and eat after dinner. My bf and I had dark chocolate covered pretzels and I measured out 3 ounces which is what I could afford. But I was still hungry... I suspect that I'd have been better off with a few slices of diet bread toasted with butter spray, cinnamon, and truvia sprinkled on top! But I remained vigilant and went to bed a little hungry... A little hungry is good with me (most of the time), it's ravenous that I can't handle. Anyway, I stayed in my lower calorie range with 1521 calories. Add a point, total = 48.

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Starting Day #3 of no binging. Day #3 of staying less than 1700 calories and not eating before 10 am.


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That's great, Jol! I'm glad it's workiing!

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I'm rooting for us, too, SUSAN. I think it's so cool that we're finding new habits that we want to adopt for the long haul.

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Hi everyone, I just finished supper and I will not eat anything else this evening. This will make my second day within my calorie range.

Susan, this was my second day using the trick of not eating until after 10 am. I really want to make that a habit.

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Hi everyone!

I am rooting for everyone on this team with your goals (and otherwise). Keep on keeping on.

Cassies- I'm glad your meditating... maybe I should start.

Boo- thanks for your comments and input, I find it enlightening.

Jol- I hope that 10 AM trick works for you as well as it does me. I think night eaters have to make some adjustments earlier in the day to account for what they naturally want to do at night (eat).

Yesterday I ended up doing really well inspite of my feeling weak early in the day. The bf was sleeping when I got home so that helped (no snacking). I came home with less than 1200 calories under my belt and decided to make some fat free, sugar free pudding. I had a cup of that and that was the end of my eating for the day. So I had 1311 calories for the day (I think that's my lowest for this challenge). Add a point... total = 47.

Susan

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Starting Day #2 of no binging. I also want to work on staying in my calorie range, so Day #2 of staying less than 1700.

Susan, I tried your trick of not eating until 10am yesterday and even though I kept looking at the clock, it seems like a great way to quit eating too much first thing in the morning. I'm going to do it again today.

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Thanks for the report and your words of wisdom and encouragement, Ms. Boo.

I started having some weird dreams about work...they involved being angry and big gooey donuts! I am anxious about the stress of going back to work after the glorious summer I had, but the awareness is good. It won't just lurk up on me.

I am also stressed about my daughter. I took her to a psych and he did recommend medication for her moods. My husband is dead set against it, I am trying to process the whole thing. Its hard and scary. Thank goodness I work in the field and have some colleagues who I can talk too. I will find my way....I have direction. And getting back to meditating is essential. I did it this morning, even though my daughter woke before I was done and came in and out a few times....and then husband came in and blah, blah, blah I stood (or rather sat) my ground and calmly asked her to go to her room. She whined a bit, but did it. I realize an interrupted meditation is better than no meditation.

Anyway, thats the story for today. I can't wait to officially weigh in on a balance scale next week. My eating hasn't been perfect.....but I am very aware of what I am doing, and that is really the most important thing. Even if I binge or overindulge, it must be with awareness. If I let the zombies take over then I am doomed.
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IDOL AUDITIONS MAKEOVER CHALLENGE REPORT, WEEK #8

One week to go! We work to improve our habits, build consistency and have breakthroughs, so that we can realize our hopes and dreams SOONER, rather than SOMEDAY. This challenge ends on September 4th, next Friday, the last Friday before Labor Day. Where did the summer go?
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HERE'S some of WHAT'S HAPPENED DURING WEEK #8.

OPTION #1: "TAKING IT OFF" TEAM
BARBARA_BOO, GW155, CW167.2, Goal 13.8 lbs minus 1.6 lbs = 12.2 lbs to lose (gain of 8.2 since last Friday, the 24th)
*CASSIES, GW240, CW243 Goal 10 lbs minus 7 = 3 lbs to lose
*SUNRISE, GW169, CW173, Goal 4 lbs minus 0 = 4 lbs to lose
*SHELBEY74, GW196.3, CW202, Goal 10 lbs minus 4.3 lbs = 5.7 lbs to lose
*CHARLIE215, GW211, CW232, Goal 25 lbs minus 4 = 21 lbs to lose
*SHEILASMILES, GW233, CW245, Goal 12 lbs minus 0 = 12 lbs to lose

LBS LEFT TO LOSE BY Friday, SEPT. 4
3---CASSIES
4---SUNRISE
5.7---SHELBEY74
12---SHEILASMILES
12.2---BARBARA_BOO
21---CHARLIE215

LBS THAT ARE GONE SINCE BEGINNING OF CHALLENGE!
7---CASSIES
4.3---SHELBEY74
4---CHARLIE215
1.6---BARBARA_BOO

OPTION #2 "KEEPING IT OFF" TEAM
Open to anyone who doesn't want to GAIN.
No penalties, if you LOSE weight on this team.

OPTION #3 "KICKING A HABIT" TEAM
*DANCINGPENGUIN, Get to bed before midnight...37 pts (7/7-8/27)
*SALEE100, Stay in calorie range (1210-1700, usual target 1550)...48 pts (7/7- 8/26)
*LINDAHUTCH53, Exercise: 15 min daily minumum of cardio, burning a minimum of 50 calories daily. Weekly goal: Burn 600 calories, 180 minutes..38 pts (7/7-8/22)
**JOL1KEY2BOL3, Binge-free days & tracking nutrition--47 pts (7/7- 8/26)
**ROYALETBONE, Exercise for inner thighs & to loosen frozen knee,6 pts(7/26-7/31)
**SUNRISE, Mindful eating & selective TV watching, tuning in only for a specific show
**CHARLIE215, Exercise 30 minutes daily & eat a healthy breakfast daily—3 points
**SHELBEY74, Floss 5 times weekly--starting 7/20/09, 5 pts (7/7-7/25)
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Jol, I'm glad you're ok... good luck with your new goals! Yesterday was not so good a day for me either... when I came home from work my bf got out the chips and started munching (it was 9:30pm). I got the sun chips and finished the bag (fortunately there was only 3 oz in it). I wanted to eat more but the end of the bag stopped me. And fortunately I had only 1250 calories at that point. I've been horomonal the last couple of days... I hope it goes away soon!

I did end up staying in my upper range yesterday with 1670 calories for the day. Add a point, total = 46.

I'm feeling weak today... trying not to eat too much junk (just the normal amount!

Susan

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Starting Day #1 of no binging. I also want to work on staying in my calorie range, so Day #1 of staying less than 1700.

Thanks Cassie, I'm not looking back. That's one thing my Binge-Free team has taught me is that these things happen and I just have to pick up and start over. I'm okay!

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50-50 the past four nights. Guess I'm slipping.




On time +1: July 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, Aug 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23

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Congrats on the successful rummage sale, Boo.

And Jolkey, giving you a hug. How was the criticism after the eating. I hope you can be gentle with yourself. I know how hard it is when regression occurs.
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Going to bed now. I'll get caught up on reports, what you've all been doing, etc, after I sleep. I have been running around all day today. My internet was giving me fits yesterday. Alas! All is well. Not to worry. Talk to you soon, after sleep & pilates class.

(Weighed 159 on Friday. That was up 1 lb for the week. I ended up making almost $400 on the Thurs-Fri-Sat Rummage sale. I still have more stuff. Need another sale or two.)

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Well, I have to start Day 1 tomorrow again. I just came home and ate crazily for about an hour. I'm done now and I will not eat anything else this evening. I had about 4500 calories for the day.


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Cassies, I'm glad you had a good trip and were able to move past the stress with your daughter. It sounds like you got a lot of exercise in, staying in a state of sweatiness ;) Congratulations on your breakthrough, you are transforming yourself!

My report for yesterday: I managed to get strength training and a 6 mile run in yesterday. This is the first normal day I've had since my little trip... I stayed in my lower calorie range with 1523 calories for the day. Add a point... total =45.

Susan

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Working on Day #39 of not binging, not purging and not chewing and spitting. Also trying to not criticize myself.

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Hi All,

Got back from Omega on Friday. Found my voice in more ways than one.

It was so humid and I walked so much between helping my mother and law and daughter get to be where they needed to be that I was in a constant state of sweat.

I had some incredibly stressful episodes with my daughter....can't even go into it. I was able to manage and move through them and then be present in my singing work shop. Amazing teacher, incredible group of people in the workshop. Sang alone in front of the group 3 times...one on a stage. That is so not anything I everthought I would do. Singing gets to such a deep personal, universal place. And my voice is a very sensitive area for me....I mean my speaking voice. So, I never singing in front of others...big, big break through.

I am not sure of my weight....it is under 240 on my home scale.....but not ACCURATE. I will be weighing in on my doctors scale by next week and then I am back to work September 1 (sniff, sniff) so I can resume weighing in at the nurses office.

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Thanks Jol and congratulations on another great day!

Friday, it turns out, I had over 1,000 calories with each meal. LOL! I really didn't want to log it in but I guess it's best that I do, for accountability reasons. I had 3556 calories for the day!

I don't know if my way of eating will work for you or anyone else but here it is:

I have a breakfast type that I try to eat every day: high protein, high fiber cereal with 4 tsp light soy milk powder (mixed in water to make milk) and topped with strawberries (or other fruit). The cereals vary but one part of it would be high protein (Special K protein or Kashi Original cereal), 1/2 cup of that, then 1/4 cup Fiber One cereal (not the flakes or other flavored ones, just the ones that look like twigs), then 1/2 cup of a cereal that is pretty much flavor. Add to that the strawberries or other fruit and soy milk. If I anticipate a big lunch at work I'll eliminate the portion for flavor. I usually end up with close to 300 calories for breakfast. Then I try not to think about food for quite a while.

I try not to eat before 10 AM and then when I'm at work I'll go for a walk when I'm getting hungry to put lunch off a little. I usually eat lunch between 2 and 3 PM. Even though I'm getting hungry prior to my walk I find that I can put it off for a while after the walk because my appetite has been reduced.

For lunch, there is no standard food, but I try to plan it by bringing in my own food from home. I try to make sure there is a good amount of protein in it also. When I don't have anything fancy I'll have a low calorie sandwich which I've made from light cheese, maybe a sliced meat, 1-2 tbsp light miracle whip, and light bread. I could add an apple and yogurt... I seldom add a yogurt but I could see how it would be a good thing to do. Actually, it is at that point that I might have 2 tbsp dark chocolate M&M's (which I've previously measured out at home and put in a baggie).

If I do this the way I planned then I have plenty of calories left for dinner- even with only a 1550 calorie a day allotment.

The funny thing is this alone won't make me lose weight... it's the exercise I do that makes me burn the fat. When I can get my run or other cardio in in the morning then I'm also more in control for the day. The walk at lunch time is a great bonus also.

OK, here's my report for yesterday... After I ate a big bad breakfast and lunch I logged my calories into SP and then realized that I only had a few calories left for the day if I was to stay under 1700 calories. I thought that it wasn't doable but I guess due to the amount that I'd eaten I didn't start getting hungry again until late. When I did eat I ate just enough to keep me under 1700. So my calories for the day were 1668. Add a point, total = 44.

Susan

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Working on Day #38 of not binging, not purging and not chewing and spitting. Also trying to not criticize myself.

I had another good day yesterday. I worked on leaving enough for supper out and I did. It wasn't necessarily easy, but I did it. My calories for the day were a good bit less than last Saturday.

Today I'm visualizing myself waiting for breakfast awhile (I don't have to jump into eating, you know), having a small breakfast and then closing the kitchen (figuratively -- the way my house is set up) for a few hours before lunch and then I'll have some light snack in the afternoon. I'll be so happy to have enough calories for a meal out with my husband.

This is also one of my long exercise days: I plan to run on the mini-trampoline one hour and 10 miles on the bicycle.

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Susan,
I am absolutely amazed at how you are able to day after day stay between 1200 and 1700 calories. You and anyone else who does it. ..and on top of that all the exercise you do! My visualization is just trying to get me under 2000 right now more often. (My nutritionist had actually given me 2300 average to work with, but I'm wanting to show a little more progress.) What sort of stuff do you eat -- I guess, it's more what you don't eat (LOL)!!!

Anyway, you're amazing and it just shows it can be done.

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Great job Jol on having a successful day yesterday! I also have to have minimal breakfasts and lunches if I want to have a good calorie day. That's why I wasn't successful yesterday, I started out with a huge breakfast. I didn't stop there... I went on to have a large lunch. By dinner time I'm sure I used up all mycalories for the day but I ate a smaller dinner anyway. I don't know what my total calories are yet, I'll try to put it all into the calorie counter on SP today. I'm not too worried about it though... I don't do this often. In fact, usually even when I'm on vacation I successfully stay in my calorie range. And I know I'll be back on plan tomorrow if not today.

So I'm still at the same points, and that's ok!

Have a great Saturday everyone!

Susan

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I did it today... the visualization last night really helped! I just finished supper and I will not eat anything else this evening. I had the lowest calorie "day-off" in a great while.

I want to use this technique again for tomorrow. What I always tend to do on my days off is eat a big breakfast and lunch and then not have enough calories for dinner out with my husband. They're not binges, but I eat more than I need, for sure...it's partly relaxation and partly that the "kitchen is always there for business". But I can change that! I am visualizing myself getting up tomorrow morning, waiting a little before eating breakfast, and then having a small breakfast and lunch and leaving enough calories for a nice meal out with my husband in the evening. I am visualizing myself "closing my kitchen for business" after my meals and I am visualizing how good I will feel to be able to finish the day within a good calorie range. I am visualizing how nice it will be to not feel guilty and not make my husband feel bad for wanting me to go to dinner with him a few times a week. I will feel so good!

As you all know, I've always made "not binging" my highest priority, and I have over a month of not binging, but now I want to start working on some of my higher calorie eating days so I can make more progress.

So I will be visualizing this evening how good I will feel tomorrow when I do this.

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Amazingly, I've made it on time the last two nights.

I got a whopping cold. My resistance was probably down due to the stress. Yesterday I felt awful much of the day. Today I worked, and I was able to function better because no sinus headache.

I am not making much health progress, though, in general. I haven't even exercised this month as much as usual. And Wednesday when I was convinced that it was time to go back after a week? I get hit hard by the sickies mid-afternoon and take to the bed.



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Jol- I'm confident that your plan for today will be a huge success! Like you said, it's not luck! So... Have a great day! I have the same issue on my days off.

Yesterday I ended up being in my lower calorie range! I wasn't expecting that but I guess that burger and fries satisfied me for the rest of the day. I had 1522 calories for the day. So add a point, total =43.

Today is another story. All I can say is we'll see...

Susan

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Jol- I'm confident that your plan for today will be a huge success! Like you said, it's not luck! So... Have a great day! I have the same issue on my days off.

Yesterday I ended up being in my lower calorie range! I wasn't expecting that but I guess that burger and fries satisfied me for the rest of the day. I had 1522 calories for the day. So add a point, total =41.

Today is another story. All I can say is we'll see...

Susan

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Visualizing has really worked well for me every time I've used it, JOL. It's one of the best techniques I've ever used, seeing every little detail of myself having a day like you described. It's amazingly powerful. Enjoy!

Thanks, SUSAN. I agree. It was good that I felt myself slipping, figured out what was going on, and stopped to rest. I was going down that "doing too much" road and needed to stop. I'm happy that I've progressed to where I can be that aware of what I'm doing.

Today was a different kind of busy day. I sold almost $250.00 worth of stuff (a couple of big ticket items included), but mostly small stuff. I sat in my driveway in a comfy patio chair that swivels & rocks, working on sudoku puzzles while people browsed.

I would get up to walk around and chat to show them things and to take their money as needed.

The weather was beautiful. I had prepared all of my food ahead of time. So, when it was time to eat, I would just fix myself a plate and take it outside to my chair, since I was the only salesperson on duty.
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Hi everyone, I'm going to try something tomorrow on my day off. I always say to myself and think "I have trouble on my days off staying within a losing calorie range." Tomorrow I'm home alone and so tonight I'm I'm practicing visualizing myself having a non-food-hassle day.

"I can see myself eating healthy meals and staying busy in between. I can see myself exercising and drinking lots of water. I know how happy I will be when I eat healthy meals tomorrow."

I'm not going to plan my meals, but I want to log my food afterwards.

I was just going to say "Wish me luck", but this will not be luck, just what I really want and can do for a beautiful day off.

Have a great evening everyone.

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Boo- I agree with Mare... don't put that kind of pressure on yourself to be perfect. You are doing so well, you caught yourself, took a step back and brought yourself back under control. What more could anyone ask for?

So yesterday I had a pretty good day, followed by having a little trouble sleeping. I slept longer than I planned... No harm done. Today I' on the road to visit a friend at a dog show. I've never been to a dog show before so it should be interesting. On the down side, my diet may suffer. I'll have to see how it ends up but I did save my high calorie days for this... Still 1700 calories may not cut it.

Back to the point, I stayed in range yesterday with 1522 calories. Add a point, total =42

Susan

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You always come to my aid, MARE.
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8/19/09 2:51 P

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You go, Boo! Take a nap, chill, love yourself up. Every time you clear a few things, it will make the next clear out easier.
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8/19/09 2:40 P

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Keep up the great work, everyone. I'm glad you'll be getting more of your questions answered at your doctor's appointment next week, PENGUIN. And, I agree with SUSAN that you especially need your rest right now. Way to go, stopping and thinking so that the vending machine didn't get to you, JOL. Great progress.

Tomorrow is the start of the big rummage sale. We have the garage half-full and I'm using today to stick price stickers on it. I won't be able to finish everything I wanted to, in time for the sale. So, I've decided I've done enough. If I tried to gather up more stuff today, I might crash & burn.

The exercise is good. The de-junking is good. The frantic pace is NOT good. I was feeling the stress building so that I could end up with the excuse of being too tired to eat right. That kind of habit, in the past has also lead to a ready-made excuse to cool out with food, from being so buzzed up, because of trying to meet the deadline. THREE BAD HABITS right there. Doing too much at once. Too tired to eat right. Coming down from stress with food.

The last couple of days I've been so tired that my efforts to take care of myself were slipping, from trying to be perfect and do too much at once. To keep myself going under those circumstances, I have habitually used food. I was pacing myself nicely until the rummage sale deadline loomed closer. The last 3 days I've eaten close to 2,000 calories per day.

I'm CALLING A HALT. It's time to rest more, talk to myself about my goals, protect my motivation, and make sure my healthy snacks are available. Relax & enjoy. Onward, HO!
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Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 8/19/2009 (14:43)
Boo, Barb, BSue, Queen Legarathien of Nargothrond

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Penguin- I'm thinking about you and your son, hoping it's an easy fix. Hopefully, the amount of anxiety you're having will prove to to be excessive for the circumstances. Keep on getting your sleep, you need it in these stressfull times!

Yesterday I had a really good day, ate 1291 calories, and went to sleep early. So today I'm well rested... already got my run in and had my healthy breakfast! Soon I'll be heading to work.

Have a great day, all!

Susan

Edited by: SALEE100 at: 8/19/2009 (11:31)
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8/19/09 9:38 A

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Here's the kind of stuff that happens when I commit to being in bed on time: I pull up SparkPeople and this thread, look at the clock and realize it's 3 minutes to midnight, PLAY ANOTHER ONE-MINUTE GAME OF BEJEWELED BLITZ, then move my son to bed and go to bed myself. No good sense in my events, no posting here. But I made it on time.

Our first meeting with the surgeon got moved up to next week. The reason was to alleviate parental anxiety, not because my son needs to be rushed to the operating room.


On time +1: July 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, Aug 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18

Not on time: July 9, 14, 16, 17, 21, 22, 31, Aug 1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15

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8/19/09 9:26 A

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Working on Day #34 of not binging, not purging and not chewing and spitting. Also trying to not criticize myself.

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8/18/09 10:46 P

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Just finished supper and I'm well within my calorie range. So glad I didn't eat from the vending machine. I'm dead tired, so I'm going to turn in early.

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Yesterday I had an awesome, in-control day. Then last night I could not sleep, for the life of me. I felt like I'd had caffeine (which I'm really sensitive to) or something like that. So I ended up putting an apple and 2 tbsp of almonds in my stomach at about 1am. That wasn't too bad and it didn't put me over on my calories but I would have been on the extreme low end of my calories otherwise.

So I stayed in my calorie range at 1491 calories for the day. Add a point, total = 40.

Susan

PS. today I'm at work and I expect to have another great day and hope to get right to sleep tonight!

~ Susan

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Hi everyone, just checking in...My mind is telling me how good it would be to have a snack, but my stomach is really fine...I don't need anything. I keep visualizing going down to the vending machine and getting something chocolate... I know that I'm stressed because my part of the project is on the critical path and everything I do to make up time just gets thwarted. Oh, well, eating will not help and I don't need the extra calories. I will not eat anymore today until supper.

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