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I'm a determined gal and am working toward improving my present "weightier" issues! Annnnnd by golly, I'm not taking NO for an answer! (sometimes double negatives are ok) I'm doing what I can to stay focussed on the day to day improvements and conditioning rather than the still far away finish line. I've pledged not to beat myself up should an occasional bad choice or decision come in to play and so far, it's served me well.

The profile pages, with everyone's individual stories have been and continue to be a consistent source of encouragement. Some have lost amazing amounts of weight, others struggling, and yet others that have gone back to square one. I can relate to all of them. I AM each of them. We share a common goal and work toward a common result. Our paths/journeys may differ somewhat, but when all is peeled away and we stand vulnerable in front of our mirrors, we are far more similar than the sum of our differences/weights.
Body image is a great motivator for many but getting healthier is my main reason for wanting to continue with the weight loss. I've found body image has always been a negative issue for me and it runs deeper than my measurements or weight. Eating disorders...had a relationship with each finishing with the Grandaddy of them all. ( Emotional Overeating) It's been with me longest, the one I've been most loyal to and had grown very comfortable with it...temporary comfort followed by bouts of serious guilt. The kind of guilt that robs a person of their desire to do/be better. A heck of an unpleasant ride. I'm delighted to say, that most of the baggage has finally been dropped off. Still room if anyone wants to drop theirs off too!

On this quest to healthier living, I've added a few supplements to my diet and have cut out artificial sweeteners. They were killing me and I've noticed so many improvements. Many of the beverages I drank (aaaaaand I drank lots...2 liters a day of diet soda since I can remember) and desserts were artificially sweetened. Include to the list tea, coffee, cereals and any other food item traditionally sweetened with sugar. I used the chemical packets instead...everyday, throughout the day. I thought I was doing myself a favor by avoiding the sugars in many of our favorite foods/drinks. I thought "if I'm this big now, can you imagine how much bigger I'd be if my choices weren't DIET items?" Well, I'd abused my body for so long with the additives and chemicals that it felt normal to not feel normal. Only after discontinuing the offenders did I notice amazing results. The only lingering and most unsettling side effect is the memory loss. I don't think I'm going to get that back & if I do, chances are I won't remember! However, on the upside...headaches...gone. Joint pain...gone. Muscle spasms...gone. Vision issues...improved. Fatigue...gone. Restless legs...gone.. Anxiety...gone. Irritabilty...gone ( well, almost. We all have our days) Asthma...much improved. What a difference. I don't know why it had never occured to me before to look into why my body was behaving as it was. I guess I just grew accustomed to it. Personally speaking, it's been the single most productive decision on this quest toward a healthier lifestyle.
- A point of interest - artificial sweetener toxicity mimics many "disease" symptoms. It's worth looking into.

***It's been said that it takes a village to raise a child, but for me , it has taken a SparkPeople membership to lower the weight! The resourses are endless and accessable 24/7.

CHOO CHOO! "I know I can...I know I can aaaaand so can you!" There's lottsa Little Engines 'round here and most, if not all are willing to give you a boost!

"Stop telling God how big your storm is...instead tell the storm how big your God is!"

***Always seek truth, be blessed & enjoy the journey...

Member Since: 2/20/2008

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I'd reeeeealy like to feel as close to "brand new" as I can. In the past my #1 priority had been the weight loss and now my energy is far better spent on getting healthier. I've had an occasional slip-n-slide, watched the scale move in the opposite desired direction, but have (for the 1st time ever) gotten back on track toward my set goal. It's taking me a bit longer than I'd initially planned but I'm chugging away! Getting healthier...the weight loss is a bonus!

My Program:
I've been keeping an eye on my caloric intake and have been using the treadmill regularly (not as regular as before but workin' on it) and use walking as my primary source of exercise. I find it isn't as jarring to the joints as many other things are and I really enjoy it. However, the day will come when I'll take on more vigorous forms of exercise.
I don't deny myself anythng I want to eat but am more conscious of portions and nutritional values. It keeps me from junk festing! I've also added 2-3 liters of water to my program, no eating 3 hours before bedtime & have been keeping a food journal. It forces me to be honest with myself. Food can be an easy thing to deceive ourselves with & those calories do sneak up on you unless they're kept in view. Ain't that the truth?!!
I've been replacing life long negative habits with more beneficial/positive ones and Spark People has made the journey much more enjoyable!!!

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