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Nov 2014
From July 2013's enormous success, then late July to Oct 2014, I stalled in my progress. I'm back to better self-control and I believe this will result in greater sustained success over the next 6-12 months.

Nov 2013
See blog of 10/29/2013 for update on my recent progress and success. I am very pleased. Never give up. Believe in myself that I can do this: weigh less and maintain healthy weight, exercise and build strength. Yes, I am!

June and July 2013 are the months for me to observe consistency in my patterns for good health. I swapped some old habits for new: morning prep of pitcher of lemon water replaced calorie drink. Reminder set for daily exercise routine. Rolling dice game after finishing dinner as transition to non-eating activities. Simple, but effective. I paid attention to cues to cravings when not hungry and swapped routines with other actions per The Power of Habit by Duhigg. This has worked very well.

April and May 2013 promise real success. I've been almost 3 months on a steady path to my goals.

February and March 2013 going well. drip, drip, drip all those little changes add up..

Here now February. Still working on it. See you next month. Hoping to move forward.

Here it is November 2012 and I'm starting South Beach rec by my dr last week. I have a net of no loss/ no gain for 2012. Be back in a month. We'll see.
May 2012 I'm having success with Whole30 menus: focusing on meat/fish/nuts protein and plenty of veggies. The interesting thing is that I've found my 'shut-off' switch. I typically don't eat any sugar and almost no bread, pasta, potatoes. It works for me. And I have almost no cravings if I eat leafy greens and 3 servings of protein.

Jan 2 2012 although for much of 2011 I maintained my weight loss of my 1st 6 months on SP, in Nov and Dec I gained some. However, I now feel that I am again! re-focused on my health goals. Exercise is soon to be part of a stable routine: Cardio and swimming. See my 12/31/2011 blog for what motivates me.
It should be my year to reach my goal for weight and exercise as a result of staying with SparkPeople and learning what works for me.
As of 5/29/2011:
My success is MOSTLY due to my SP friends and my consistency on SparkPeople.com. I'm motivated by being on this website and getting/giving support to SP friends!

My success is partly due to continually finding details or small behaviors that move me forward toward sustainable habits. Currently, leaving 100 calories OFF my plate!!

Making HABITS or BEHAVIOR that works for my health: stop the compulsive eating. see My Goals.

My exercise must take me outside at least five times a week. Gardening when it's not too hot!

Member Since: 9/9/2010

My Goals:
Nov 3, 2013
Cardio daily--close to reaching my goals for exercise habit. Eating significantly less bread, potatoes and pasta. Strengthing muscles 3x a wk. Eating lots of greens, some fruit and appropriate protein in my diet.
I'm satisfied, lighter and stronger. Still on my path to good habits.
Eat lightly. Move daily. Enjoy life! Accomplish my goals! TW and WW tools make me believe weight goal is in sight.
6/15/13 eating habits in place 85-90% of the time. Exercise 50%. Hmm.

Goal 6/15/13 incremental weight goal.
measuring: 1/2 cup milk, protein, peanut or olive oil only, half an apple, 1/3 banana, etc
Protein 2-3 oz per serving
Activities at night: read, knitting, guitar, bed.

My Program:
Walking. Gardening, play music, knit, juggling.

Eating protein and veggies, also fruits, 90% of the time. Other foods as incidentals. (almost)No sugar, natural or artificial.

Personal Information:
I'm retired. My daughter, husband (and all of my family) are my support team. They are a joy.

Other Information:
I love happy movies, comedy and romance. I leave the scary and violent to others!

I'm fortunate to be able to grow a few fruits and veggies year-round.

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  • v GOLIGHTLY344
    After line dancing I came home for mini-dinner. Not hungry, but tired from dancing. Drank water, ate veggie ragu, fruit, bread and peanut butter, because my calories were so low prior to those calories. But ate only 863 calories all day.
    3682 days ago
  • v GOLIGHTLY344
    This week I'm going to make new plans (rules to live by):
    Consistently choose the food that goes on my plate. Don't let my husband do it or let others hand me food, like cake that is a pre-determined size.
    Always insist that salad dressing be separate from the salad, 'on the side'.
    Somehow fix the problem that I have with mealtimes. My husband is hungry when I'm not. We usually eat on his schedule, not mine. Usually, he does a lot of the cooking at dinnertime.
    PROBLEM SOLVED: suggestion from Apirl....SP member, in answer to my blog: just have snack with T. at 5:30 (or just sit with him while he eats his dinner.) and eat my late afternoon snack (half of my dinner) and a mini-dinner around 6:30.
    3682 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/21/2010 11:56:58 PM
  • v GOLIGHTLY344
    Meal Planners don't work for me, until tonight when I actually looked at what it was all about on SP. I substituted a bunch of stuff and choose what I had on hand. I'll probably still sub a few more things tomorrow, but it was fun to see my calcium and potassium levels reach my goal! Using the meal planner helped me to do that. emoticon emoticon
    3683 days ago
  • v GOLIGHTLY344
    Read the dieter profile and mine is portion distortionist. That's a help. I've implemented that information by revising my portion estimates upwards, unless I actually weigh or measure the food. My dinner would have been maybe 100-200 fewer calories if I hadn't done that tonight.
    3683 days ago
  • v GOLIGHTLY344
    This SP place is amazing. When I want to edit, I can. When I want to be social, find info about my choices or just write my thoughts, I can do it here. Such a well-done website and I was immediately hooked! emoticon
    3684 days ago
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