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Beginning of this weight loss journey. 10-7-2017

My new husband, El Catracho, and I. 10-7-2017

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I lost the weight before, but I knew at the time I was losing it that I wouldn't be able to sustain the weight loss because I couldn't keep up with the emotional processing aspect of it. I am trying to lose it now for what I believe will be the final time now. How do I know? I have been guided spiritually to deal with the underlying issues that have lead to my initially gaining my weight, and by that I mean really delving into inner child issues of food insecurity, neglect, an eating disorder I had thought was in my past but had just laid dormant for awhile until it resurfaced in order to be heard and healed, abuse, economic insecurity, financial burdens caused by my overeating and overspending, mindless eating to stuff my emotions and anxiety, and the devastating effects of mental illness. I have gone back and healed a great deal of my past which I had soldiered through bravely at the time, and that has greatly helped with my eating and enabled me to finally start successfully losing weight and keeping it off. It has given me a great peace, and I continue to work on present day issues as well as healing past issues as they arise since healing is much like an onion in that it has layers that need to be peeled back and dealt with one at a time as you delve more deeply into deep-seated issues with increased capability as you get stronger. I encourage you all to pursue WHEN YOU ARE READY a similar approach to dealing with unhealthy eating patterns if you are having trouble losing weight because of binge eating or controlling your eating successfully. There may be some things from your past that you don't even realize that you need to heal before you can progress in your weight loss journey. It is not fun stuff, but it can bring about great peace like you have never known in your life with the added bonus of more success in your weight loss journey.

As for what else I am doing along the way...I am watching my portions, cooking at home, and trying to eat as many whole foods as possible. If I want to eat something like a piece of baklava with my coffee, I do, but I make sure I stick to having only one. Life is short. Like what you eat. Like the healthy foods in your diet, and don't forget the treats, just make sure everything is in moderation. Eat for pleasure, not just to diet.

I am doing a mix of cardio and strength training. I lost most of the weight before and rebounded just to gain it all back. I have learned a lot about myself, and I am a much different person mentally and emotionally this time around. With all that I have learned along the way, I am positive that this time I can lose it all and keep it off.

Emergency Emotional Eating Prevention List:
Examine Logic - If you would eat healthy foods instead of your craving, you are hungry. If you only want to eat your craving, it is a craving. Distract yourself and resist it.

Slow Down and Cue All Your Senses -- Be Mindful
Throw Out Trigger Foods If You Can't Control Yourself
Go For a Walk and Talk Problems Out With God/Pray
Fill Up on Water
Sip Hot Tea
Brush Your Teeth
Pet a Cat or Two
Walk Your Dog
Read a Book
Call a Friend
Exercise -- Great Mood Booster!
Sexual Activity -- Great Mood Booster!
Shower / Take a Relaxing Hot Bath
Distract Yourself Constructively
Do Something to Keep Your Hands Busy
Knit / Crochet
Listen to Music / Sing / Dance
Watch a Good Movie. Food Not Included.
Do Reiki -- Relaxes You, Relieves Anxiety
Meditate (Breathe In, Breathe Out -- It really is that simple.)
Get a Massage
Go to Sleep

Find Your Joy!

Binge Help:
Avoid that first compulsive bite. "[The bite that is compulsive is the one you know will send you into a binge frenzy. Prevent the first compulsive bite and you prevent the binge.

Be careful with your emotional triggers that lead to you reaching for food as a comforting tool and HALT before that first compulsive bite. H.A.L.T. = Hunger. Anger. Loneliness. Tired. Just some of the many feelings that lead us to reach for food. Before you even reach for the food, ask yourself what you are feeling and distract yourself while you figure it out mentally. Once you know why you want to eat and what the root cause is, do something about it or decide to not. Make it your choice, your decision; put things in your hands again. You are now in control.

Mindless Eating Prevention List:
No eating when not hungry
No eating while watching t.v. or movies
No eating while doing anything than distracts focus away from eating
No eating while simply bored
No eating as something to do
No eating as a way to put off something you don't want to do
No eating after cruising the kitchen absent-mindedly; cruise on.

Member Since: 3/1/2010

Fitness Minutes: 51,219

My Goals:
-learn to truly manage the urges to emotionally and mindlessly eat
-really strengthen my foot and get in such incredible shape so that not only can I dance, but I can follow any lead elegantly my partner may throw at me
-learn how to swim several different strokes really well
-go from being morbidly obese to obese then to being just overweight then to residing within a healthy body weight range
-be able to walk 4 mph for at least an hour
-cinch my waist and boost my booty sexy (get my curves back)
-weigh 150 lbs, my normal weight, and being optimally fit
-participate in RAGBRAI

My Program:
I am currently dancing, Turbo-Jamming, and using the AbDoer360. I also occassionally do the Core Secrets DVDs to work out and am trying to incorporate resistance band training into my exercise routine.

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I live in Iowa, and my nickname is Sage.

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  • v --MEOW--
    Hola, bonita :)
    Yo también te extrañé mucho emoticon . Lamento que estes pasando por esa situación pero todo va a mejorar, ya verás! Siempre he querido estudiar Reiki, suena muy interesante,qué bueno que estes haciendo eso!
    Mucho ánimo, linda emoticon
    537 days ago
    Hey pretty lady!! Are you around these days. I fell off the planet again but I've been back for almost a week and am doing pretty good here! Life is good, much better than one and two years ago. Eric and I are trying to get back into a good workout routine but are so busy it makes it pretty difficult. Stop by my page or message me. I'm going to check and see if you have any recent blogs and catch up! emoticon
    590 days ago
    Keys to Successful Living:

    1. Surround yourself with people who are going to lift you

    2. Read, watch watch or listen to something positive each day.

    3. Keep moving forward.

    4. Never give up!

    5. Dare yourself to embrace change.

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    752 days ago
    :) Hi!! Hope your 2015 is ending on a high note! Have missed chatting with you. Sorry I've been so off the radar. Trying to change that. :)
    848 days ago
    emoticon Actions we take today affect how we live tomorrow. If we know what we want...if we listen to our heart's desire, write down our goals, and keep them in mind with every action we take...we create our dreams. We turn our wishes into goals and our goals into reality. We visualize the life we want and create it for ourselves.

    Blessings today and always!


    856 days ago
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