Feeling Good - Feeling Thankful!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Today was one of those "Ah Ha" days when I actually could feel and see the progress I've made over the last month. I am down 6 lbs. and, while that may not seem like much, on my 5'0" frame, it means a whole size smaller. It also means not feeling bloated and sluggish, and actually feeling more comfortable in your own skin! emoticon

I attribute any success in my life to my Lord, Jesus, Christ and, in this case, His amazing grace that showed me I needed to be kinder to myself; go easier on myself; to quit beating myself up so much; and, to love myself as much as He loves me. So, now, instead of always focusing on what I'm not doing right, I'm focusing on what I am doing right, and that makes me want to do even more emoticon .

Another thing I had to do was to take a good, hard look at the things I do that keep me stuck. One of my biggest bug-a-boos has always been evening eating. In the past, I'd try to totally cut out anything after dinner and I always got the same results: I'd go without for a few days, and then go totally over the edge and eat everything in sight. I've been doing this for years! Time to stop the insanity. I like an evening snack - so why not have an evening snack. How about I just have one evening snack instead of four, and have a healthier snack - maybe a juice bar and/or a piece of fruit instead of chips or other junk food? Now, I plan these snacks in my tracker and stay in my calorie range? Wow, what a concept - planning, enjoying and changing my lifestyle in a way that satisfies me and makes it possible for me to stick with my plan emoticon .

Today I feel good - I feel content - I feel happy! I just joined a new team that addresses the evening eating issue, and I'm looking forward to learning how other people deal with this problem. I feel that I am finally going to reach my goals, and I'm no longer in a rush to get there.

I can say without a doubt that Spark People is the absolute best place to be if you want to get fit and healthy. The nutrition tracker is the best I've used - and the easiest to use. The articles are super, and the caring and sharing among the members is amazing. Here is a place where people from all different locations, with all different cultural backgrounds and belief systems, come together and offer each other all the support and hugs anyone could ask for. I, for one, can't thank Spark Guy enough for making this all possible - emoticon emoticon .

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    Was just thinking of you this week when I was remembering how we 'short' people have a disadvantage. My DGD is about 5 ft. 5 and was helping me out on Wed. The day after DH had surgery. I am getting use to when the twins come (the other is about 5/4") to ask them to reach for things for me in the kitchen.

    Congrats on your weight loss! I am looking forward to a loss to drop a pant size. Haven't done that for sometime now. Just keep losing and they keep finding me . . .

    Just when I think I have done some good
    To my dismay I find
    Those pesky pounds are creeping on
    I see them there behind!

    Have a great day, my Spark Friend!

    2090 days ago
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    WOW!!! I love your light bulb moment with God in control and what He told you. I had to learn that also, and God just showed me and told me what to do, as far as eating, exercising, planning, educating myself, and being proactive in the entire process. There's nothing to small, to large, or to hard for GOD to help us with, and I do believe I will stick with HIM!

    I'm so delighted that you're on the right course with HIM in the center of your endeavor!


    - Nancy Jean -
    2095 days ago
    Sorry I missed your blog...but I am here now and I so agree...if we could have learned years ago it is a lifestyle, it takes small steps and changes and slow is good we would have been so a head of things! But I guess we can just be grateful we finally found SparkPeople and we are finding it now!
    Yep, that eve snack is denial, just something healthy and satisfying to take you til the next morning. I always remind myself...there's more food coming...
    I think the fruit bar is a great idea...and add a bit of protein...a slice of turkey breast, or apple with peanut butter ( have you tried the dry peanut neither you add water and get a low fat tasty peanut butter?) or 1/2 sandwich with a slice of high fiber bread with turkey breast with lettuce!
    We can do this!
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    Comment edited on: 7/19/2015 2:04:52 AM
    Great going Carol!! Don't you love those "AHA" moments!!! Great going on your new found tricks to keep you from overeating!!! You can do it my friend!!!! And by the way, 6 lbs. is wonderful at any height!!!!

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    Comment edited on: 7/18/2015 7:18:53 PM
    emoticon emoticon emoticon I am also 5ft tall. emoticon
    2103 days ago
    Congrats on your weight loss and learning to control evening snacking. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2104 days ago
    evening eating is definitely my bug-a-boo, too! By that time of the day I am very tired and usually hurting. I get into bed with a book--and (alas) food. I am getting much better about this--with the support from all my wonderful spark friends.

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    2104 days ago
    Oh -- you're in my height category -- I am only 4 ft. 10.5 in (and don't forget that .5 in) and shucks . . . NO room for junk in the trunk.

    Good luck and congrats!
    2104 days ago
    Congratulations on having an AHA moment. Enjoy the wonderful support that Sparkpeople gives and keep on finding blessings.
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    Congrats on the weight loss and shedding a whole pants size. emoticon
    2104 days ago
    emoticon Soak it up and save it for the challenge days!

    emoticon that the world owes a big debt of gratitude to Spark Guy. What a great community!

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