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12/9/10 9:08 P

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Hi, all. Thanksgiving was interesting. It became a really important learning opportunity. So other than having a great time on the holiday by enjoying time spent with my wonderful friends, I learned even more about myself and my relationship to food. It was needed. A little trying, but here I am. I'm really grateful I learned what I did before Christmas and New Years.

I hope you are all doing well. Wishing you peace & love.

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Hey ladies. I hope everyone made it through Thanksgiving without too much damage. I was sick, so it was a bummer. Is everyone making great plans for December? I just printed the 31 days to healthier holidays calendar and hung it in my cube. Hopefully, a reminder to keep on track this month.

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Hello! I hope you're all doing well and being kind to yourselves. What is everyone's T-Giving eating plan?

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Lady -- Wonderful ideas on the wild thought that we are actually meant to enjoy food, instead of always, always fighting it! Kudos to you on this philosophy!
I had a weekend away, but managed to maintain weight this week. I'll take that as victory!

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I've had the worst weekend ever. I'm not beating myself up about it but I ate far too much (though I didn't binge), didn't eat healthy and had no time for working out!

Back on track today though. This week will be a good one!

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I have been struggling a little bit lately with eating like I should and taking care of my body. I am trying to get back on track today though by logging my food and I have Yoga tonight as well.

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11/10/10 12:50 P

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A little bit of happiness...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgBeu3FVi
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Hello, fellow Sparklers :)

Thanks so much for the kind words and encouragement. I am a very appreciative receiver of such support, and I hope to be an even more gracious giver.

Those trying six days I wrote about before were something I needed to go through. I learned a lot about some ways my relationship to food needs to change. May I share them? Maybe they will help you, Tryingfor20.

For one, I realized I've been depriving myself too much. Having grouped too many foods into the 'NO-NEVER-DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT' catergory, I fell out of sync. It's not surpsring that things like pizza, cookies, cake, ice cream- high calorie foods that we all love- were on my forbidden list. My binge eating was partially the result of my extremely exclusive (and very negative) mentality that I must avoid these foods at all costs. Well, friends, I no longer believe this to be true. I wrote a while back about 'Happy Eating' in which someone content and self-aware will never let food affect her emotions unless it's for the better. What I failed to see before is that seeking comfort in food is not always wrong. This is something that is difficult for an emotional eater like myself to accept, because I am confronting years of habits that I now know continuously sabotaged me in the past. On the other hand, I am absolutely tired of feeling powerless.

Eating for pleasure is actually a good thing that can (and should) complement eating to satiate physical hunger. We are totally allowed to enjoy whatever we eat. So, why not eat whatever we want? I'm serious. WHATEVER we want. 'Whatever' encompasses any food that we really could go for in that moment. Now, there is accountability that needs to play a role. Portion size is really important. But having a little bit of pizza is not going to sabotage your life, much less your day. Want some french fries? Go for it, but keep your consumption at a quantity that you are comfortable with. Always ask yourself: will this make me happy? If you don't think it will, then don't do it. Simple. Find an alternative that will make you even happier. I test-drove this new approach this last weekend, and I'm telling you, it calmed me down in mind, body, and spirit. For the first time in months, I wasn't paranoid about feeling hungry or deprived. I had the amazing revelation that feeling deprived tends to get me on the track toward over-eating. So 'eff that,' I said. I had a little pizza and bread with my dinner of mostly vegetables (perfect!). I had a bit of popcorn and skittles at the movies that night (marvelous!). The next day, I had a few small bites of cheesecake and half of a sandwich (really- i had even been avoiding sandwiches). I was comfortable and happy with every decision, and I stayed within my calorie range. I had absolutely no negative emotional feelings toward food, because I ate exactly what I wanted, which coincided with amounts that I intuitively knew were right for me.

That last bit brings me to what I think is the most important thing: eating for you. Nothing is off limits. At normal meals and especially when you treat yourself, eat exactly what you want (and nothing else) so that you can enjoy it to the fullest. Make it work for you. It's so personal, and you have to think about the alignment between mind, body, and spirit. When you eat, are these three all on the same page?

I've been working on my personal philosophy toward food a lot in the last few months, and I'm learning more and more all the time about what works and what doesn't. I went on my six-day bender because I needed to get the feeling of deprivation out of my system. Unfortunately, I went overboard before the reasons for doing so became clearer to me. But like I said, I learned a lot, and I had to go through that struggle to arrive at the light at the end of the tunnel. Friends, I think I'm getting closer :)

I'm sharing these things in order to elucidate my own ideas for myself, and also hopefully to bring some light to other people's journeys.

Today I had a check-up at the doctor for study abroad (which is already 2 and a half months away already), and learned I'm 5 lbs lighter from when I last weighed myself in early October. I'm down 30 lbs this year in total so far. How magnificent. What a journey it has been and will continue to be. Throughout, I've tried to make it my job to embrace every hurdle and every triumph.

The vision of the woman I want to be is so strong in my mind, and I see each day as an opportunity to become closer to her. How I get there is up to me. There is no template for who we are supposed to be- only our intution and willingness to love ourselves and others will guide us.

Wishing you the best, as always.

Shine on,
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11/6/10 4:27 P

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Kathleen - I totally understand. This past week has been hard for me too. I've made some really bad choices with food that I can't quite understand why I've allowed my will power to totally dissolve. I have a binge eating issue as well, especially after dark. I don't know why but I'll eat and eat, never out of hunger, even if I am so full that one more bite will hurt, and yet, I still eat.

I do accept that some of it is just because I want the taste of the food. I consider each day to be a clean slate so maybe if I eat everything good in my house that, tomorrow, when I start over, it won't happen because I already had the things I was craving. So it's more about me just wanting yummy food, rather than trying to fill a void.

I also try to take note of the things I am craving. I take a look at food logs to determine if I've been defiant in those areas. A lot of times I crave fatty foods because I have such a naturally low fat diet. Then I can try and prevent binges by adding a little nut butter or avocado into my meal plan.

There are also other parts of my life that feed into my binge eating. Things that I might not feel are related. If I stop working out for a few days, my eating starts going to crap. If I don't get good sleep - the same thing happens. This past week I've had an awful head and chest cold so I have had no focus or energy. I've been unable to workout, do housework or even respond to emails regularly. I haven't felt well enough to cook either so of course my eating would get out of control. I wish I was one of those people who didn't want to eat when stressed or sick!

I also try to be accepting that, eventually, I'll get back on track. It's very rare that I get out of control for longer than a week so sometimes I just let things take a natural course and when I stop freaking out about it, the behavior starts to fade and I can regain control.

No one said this lifestyle change was going to be easy and you are probably never going to be completely rid of these behaviors, certain things will always be lingering, even if you don't struggle with them in the same way as you used to. You are doing a great thing by coming here and talking about it. You have different ways of dealing with things now so, while you might feel terrified, you are a different person now and you will be okay. Just keep moving forward.

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11/6/10 7:51 A

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Sorry to hear about your struggle, Lady_Beans. Sounds like you've got a lot of great things going on in your life, but even good changes can cause stress. I joined the Emotional Eaters group on here and one post lists 16 emotions that EEs confuse with hunger. It's an interesting list to check out. If you can pinpoint what you're feeling when you binge, it could help you resolve those feelings without food. Don't forget to give yourself credit for all the progess you've made!

After my binge last week, I decided to give myself a break and I am not going to weigh myself until Wednesday (my weigh-in day).

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11/5/10 10:07 P

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hi, everyone. oh my goodness i don't know what has happened to me. i've gone totally crazy with my eating these last six days. one day is enough to get me down, but six...that is a different story. i'm binge eating in a way that i can never recall doing before. during the days i've been eating as i normally do and staying conscientious, but then at night it's like a beast has taken over.
there are some things that have been going on in my life lately that i think might be the cause. strangely, i'm happier than i can remember being in a long time (i'm more slender, my internship is going great, i'm looking forward to studying abroad in 2 months, i've been meeting new and interesting people), yet here i am- subjugating myself to food. honestly, this is completely terrifying, especially since i thought i've gotten rid of these behaviors.

there is a part of me that needs care and love right now, and i'm clearly trying to use food to fill that. this experience is a message, and i'm trying to uncode it.

do any of you have advice or insight? i need reassurance right now from a community. i think i've been too alone in this.

thanks,
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11/5/10 4:39 P

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KIMPOSSIBLE Thank you! Did the phantom weight disappear?

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I have has a horrible cold for about a week now. I haven't been able to workout at all and my eating is completely off. It sucks and I really want to get better ASAP. I feel like I'm living life in a haze, plus I have a bad cough and more mucus that I know how to handle!

I am hoping to be better in the next day or two. I think it's finally starting to clear.

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11/5/10 10:46 A

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KIM - Don't beat yourself up. I too gained 5 pounds in about 4 days. Just work a bit harder and maintain a stricter diet. You will see change ... WE will see change ..lol

Have a great weekend ladies.

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11/5/10 7:41 A

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WAKEME- Congrats on a good jumpstart to your plan! That's an awesome way to get going!

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11/4/10 5:48 P

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Hello everyone! I just joined a couple days ago and I was hoping you wouldn't mind one more jumping into the thread? I have lost 4.2 pounds in 2 days which has me totally freaked out that it will just come back and discourage me in no time... arrggH!

KIMPOSSIBLE, that happened to me a while back, I gained 5 pounds in 3 days and I honestly had a clue a pound or two were coming, but I was shocked when I saw 5! Its ok, don't let it discourage you. If you get back on track your body will remember what it was doing and you will most likely drop it fast. I am sorry for the stress it causes though, that is not fun at all!

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11/4/10 12:30 P

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Welcome ACEIBAN!

KIMPOSSIBLE - It sucks to gain that much weight in a week. Why is it we can gain it so quickly, but it takes forever to loose? I'm sure you will be able to get back on track. You just need to be determined to do it.

I've been doing a lot better about tracking my food and learning to stay within my ranges. I still need to be better about drinking more water and working out though.

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11/4/10 6:54 A

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After doing awesome the past several weeks, I totally blew it last week. I let Halloween freak me out; I started seeing big success with my running program (and hence, freaked out) and have been crazy binge eating for several days. I weighed myself this morning and I'm back at my starting weight - 150! I gained 7 pounds in a week. Disaster. I'm giving myself another week to get back on track before I record that as my "official" weigh-in. UGH!

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11/3/10 12:38 P

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Hey guys! Hope it's okay for me to jump in this late in the game. I signed up for sparkpeople a while ago, but never actually used it. I'm trying to get back in shape and lose about ten to fifteen pounds before the holiday season. I've also also been smaller, at 5'2" and around a size 2, but over the past few months, I've slowly started gaining weight. I'm now a size 6, and would love to fit into my smaller clothes again!

I also usually start out strong but end up fizzing out and then loosing everything I worked hard for. I would love people to help keep me accountable and thinking about working out.

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11/3/10 12:03 P

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I went to Zumba last night for the first time in a few weeks. I forgot how much I love it. And, starting next week my fitness center is doing early morning Zumba as well, so I will be able to do it more often! I was a little over on my calories (shouldn't have ate the extra slice of pizza), but I will do better today.

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RASCAL942011, these are the people who love you and they are ready to put up with those little imperfections that we abhor. My dad thought that I looked amazing when I weighed 154 lbs, and I was hovering in the 'overweight' range. Obviously, I had to(and did) lose weight.

If you feel the need to be healthier and more fit, I don't see how that is an issue. After letting my family derail my efforts to lose weight, I finally sat down with my dad and told him that he is not helping. I told my family that I'm not starving myself and I'm losing weight in a healthy manner. And that I needed a break from the constant "You look perfect" and "Losing more weight? Why?" remarks.



Anyway, I realized that during last winter, I had bought a couple of clothes that were a size smaller than my 'then' size, so.... I'm in trouble.

Now, its either 'lose weight' or 'buy new clothes'. I think I'll stick with the former :P

I re-started Insanity, and I'm on day 5 now :))
In addition, I'm going on power walks in the evening (on and off).
As for my meals, I'm sticking to the basics. I'm trying cut out processed food. Unfortunately, I still crave carbs and sugar at times. If it gets uncontrollable and starts to irk me, I have fruit or a PB sandwich.
Will keep you guys updated!



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11/3/10 12:53 A

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I have a good idea how you feel. I am within my BMI but I have always been very physically fit and at the bottom of my range. I know I don't look over weight but I am not comfortable with how I look. I am getting married next year and I would like to be at my best but my family doesn't get that. If they see me lose any weight, they try to feed me or give me a hard time. I would like to stay motivated and be able to ignore my family.

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11/1/10 5:12 P

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I have a hard time with carbs as well, I could never be on a low carb diet because I crave them too much.

I have to admit I have not done very well at tracking my food the last few days. But overall I don't think I ate too bad. Now I just need to stay away from the big bowl of candy in my house and stick to my workout schedule and I should be good (always easier said than done).

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11/1/10 10:53 A

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Angel- Sounds like you're doing very well! Nice work! It may be your tough workout schedule that's making you think about carbs ... I keep reading how you body needs carbs to continue to workout hard. If you can stick to whole grains (a challenge for me, once I get going on carbs, I can't stop!) you should be just fine. :)

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I couldn't post since the last couple of days but here I am!!
I worked out today and I'm feeling great :))
But lately I have been craving carbs (REALLY craving them) and it irks me because it has a tendency to derail my diet. Any suggestions?
My caloric intake is normal and I try to opt for fats and protein (which are more filling) but even after my stomach is full, I can't get my mind off CARBS! Yikes!!

P.S I'm not on a low carb diet. I'm eating clean, having complex carbohydrates. But yeah, I'm doing insanity- the workout. So maybe I need more calories than usual. Will try it out and tell you guys if that works!

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10/28/10 5:18 P

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Lady_Beans: I like that you mention "forgive" -- that can be such a hard one sometimes! If I get off track for one thing (had two cookies last night that put me over my calories) then it is to easy to get down about it and throw in the towel. Here's to staying on track and being friendly to ourselves :)

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10/28/10 2:33 P

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hi, everyone. i'm feeling a little stressed, which means i'm craving sugar :/ these moments of potential self-sabotage can be very disheartening.

i'm just stopping by to remind myself what i'm working toward, and to see all of you cool people putting in effort to cultivate personal happiness.

i've come this far. stay focused, forgive, smile...


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Welcome ORIOLFAN.

I've been doing a lot better about tracking my food, and am learning how to stay within my ranges better, which is great! This weekend could be a problem with all the Halloween parties and candy that will be around, I just have to be strong and avoid the bad food as much as possible.

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Haha. A revealing Halloween is great motivation this week!

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Hi everyone! I'm new to this site and need a buddy (buddies) as well. Check out my profile to learn more about me!

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10/26/10 2:15 P

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LOZZ - I laugh at your comment about the skimpy Halloween costume because my husband told me earlier today that he doesn't like my Halloween costume because it is "too revealing". I find that funny because what I am wearing this year is actually less revealing than costumes I have worn in the past (to the same party we are going to this year), so it makes no sense to me why he is making a big deal out of it this year? He hasn't actually seen it on me yet though, so maybe he will change his mind once he does?

I went WAY over on my calories yesterday because I ate too much pizza at my family's Halloween party last night. Getting back on track today though.

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Yesterday was absolutely perfect for me. I just have to stick with it this week and try to get ready for my skimpy Halloween costume! eek

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10/25/10 4:56 P

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Great job guys! Staying focused over the weekend is always hardest for me as well.

I did OK Friday and Saturday, Sunday was a little slippery (lots of dinner) but it's a step in the right direction at least, one bad meal is better than having 3 terrible eating days :)

Happy Monday everyone!

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10/25/10 1:31 P

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Way to go, Pace!!! Good job staying focused over the weekend!

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10/25/10 12:43 P

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Well I did better this weekend than last. I actually kept track of what I ate. I stayed within my calorie range on Saturday, but was a little high on Sunday. I also did 30 min. of circuit training on Sat. which isn't much, but at least it is something. This week is going to be crazy busy with all the Halloween parties, etc. that are going on. So I will have to really try hard to find time to exercise and really watch what I eat with all the junk food that will be around, but I know I can do it. I weighed in this morning and I am down 1.2 pounds!! I haven't lost any weight in a while, so I am happy to see a loss!

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Oh man, Applebee's is one of the worst. Even their "lite" meals are packed with fat and calories. One tip I learned from Biggest Loser is to order your meal with a to-go box. As soon as it comes, box up half the meal. It's much easier to stop when it's no longer on your plate. Also, I always order my veggies "dry" no oil, no butter so that really helps.

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10/23/10 8:04 A

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@Lil Angel - thanks for the awesome words. Great job on allowing yourself to have what you want, in a resonable way. That is a huge struggle for me, too.

The husband was off work yesterday and wanted Applebees. It was the worst place to find somehting healthy AND vegetarian. I wound up with a pasta in white sauce, trying to scrape off as much as the sauce as i could. WOund up not too bad on calories overall (1,850) and did 45 min weights and 35 min power walk.

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Thanks Lil Angel, that is very sweet of you! Its good to have the encouragement. I keep telling myself that eating right will keep me from feeling more discouraged about my body while it heals, and so far so good :) I stayed within range again yesterday, although I do need to be drinking more water and less coffee...

Congratulations on having such a great day and being able to enjoy your noodles without compromising the rest of your eating plan, that must be a great feeling! Moderation is always a struggle, it's wonderful to be able to enjoy something you like without falling off the deep end :)

Hope everyone's having a good Friday and has a fun weekend ahead!



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10/22/10 4:22 P

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I've had a few off days because of this horrible cold. I have eaten a lot more fruits and vegetables this week than I previously did because I had them in the house to eat, and when I wanted a candybar I told myself I had to eat my fruit/vegetable snack first and if I still wanted it after that, then I could eat it. It definately helped keep me away from the candybars. I haven't worked out since Monday because I haven't really had a lot of energy, but I am starting to feel better, so it's time to get back on track. My husband just left to go hunting today and will be gone for the next 5 days, so I should have plenty of time to myself at nights to work out. I need to be better about tracking my food as well. I have a notebook in my purse that I will have to use to track over the weekend since I don't have internet access.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Its OK if you can't workout. Healing your body should be your No. 1 priority!!
Besides, eating forms a major chunk of a healthy lifestyle. So nourish your body with clean eating. If you are unable to lose weight, take solace in the fact that you're not putting it on either. And living a healthy lifestyle is no mean feat!
Stay positive. emoticon

@LADY_BEANS

I'm a recovering emotional eater (and I had a mini bulimic stint) and I'm finally getting a hang of having a healthy relationship with food. What you wrote made so much sense! Thanks. I needed to read that :))

@KIMPOSSIBLE82

Yay you!!!!!
Plateaus are just minor hurdles on the path that leads to greatness. We might stumble but giving up should not even be an option. You managed to push through.
I'm SO proud of you!!!!! emoticon



Anyway, I did well today. I was really (I mean REALLY) craving instant noodles today, and the last pack was still sitting there, calling my name. So I decided to give in.
The good part is that I stayed within my caloric range and enjoyed every bit of it. The best part????? I refused to feel guilty and start off a binge. I'm not a saint and I can't be perfect 24x7.
I wanted to eat noodles, they had 370 calories, were a good source of healthy fats, proteins. Maybe they were high in sodium, saturated fat and sugar but hey, I enjoyed it!

Haha. Do I sound obsessive? I'm just recovering from a major binging phase :))

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Everyone in this thread is awesome! I love reading your posts to keep me motivated - thank you!
I FINALLY busted through my 146 plateau this week. I'm hoping the next pound lost won't take 3 weeks!

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Hi everyone,

Thanks for sharing LadyBeans, that was very interesting and good food for thought.

I have been doing OK, I stayed within my calorie range yesterday again and have been drinking enough water. The scale shows me down between 1 and 1.5 lbs. Silly I know but it brightened my day a little. One step closer, even if it's the first one :)

Hope everyone's having a good week, happy almost Friday!

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Hi, ladies! I really admire the progress I've been reading about. The key is to stay positive and be kind and loving to ourselves.

I saw Michael Pollan speak recently. I've managed to have success by gathering wisdom from various sources and really working on internalizing it, building a tool kit (that hopefully will one day be a well-stocked shed) that exists to help me through every day in each lifestyle decision I make. Weight loss is trial and error, figuring out what works and what doesn't. It takes time, as we all know. I've had to be patient as I try new approaches and see what comes from them.

I see calorie counting among you. Let me say that I'm all for that! Knowledge is power, and knowing what I put into my body is very empowering. Just another tool!

Pollan talked about how much to eat and when, which is a topic he arrived at after gathering wisdom from sources of his own. One simple tip he provided that is incredibly useful: If you don't feel like eating an apple, then you're not hungry.
Wow. Simple, true. I'm learning to embrace my body's messages. I used to fear hunger, and I struggled against it. Hunger was always an elusive and confusing thing to me, and I'm working on getting to the bottom of it. Now, I'm starting to look forward to being physically hungry. When my stomach is growling (not painfully like I'm going to pass out, but really ready for some food), that is when I know it's time to eat something nourishing, beautiful, and delicious. I swear I make the meanest and most gorgeous salad you've ever seen!

Eating is the next part. I know that it takes blood sugar levels a while to rise, so what seems like not that much food can look like exactly that (and worse, look like deprivation), and so in the past I would eat a lot to guarantee satiating myself. Of course, more often than not, I'd go overboard. I'm learning now that I can trust satisfaction will come, and I'll feel good about 10 minutes after eating, even if I didn't eat that much. After a little more than a week of doing this, I've noticed some difference. I'm curious what the scale will say the next time I step on it.

I'm coming from a place of being tired of emotionally eating, and not holding myself accountable. I want to be fully accountable. I don't want to be powerless to food. Food is my friend, friends. I want to be a happy eater with a healthy relationship to food. I had pizza for the first time in MONTHS the other night, and felt good about it and enjoyed every bite. I knew I was staying in my calorie range for the day, and so it was a decision I was completely comfortable with. The next night I had some movie theater popcorn. Same story. Tonight I really wanted to indulge and go over my calories for the day. I got a treat that was EXACTLY what I wanted- as much as i wanted. I may have gone a little overboard (and felt guilty), but then I went to the gym. Like i said- trial and error. I now know that in the future I should keep the lid on my desire to indulge close by, but I think I'll have my date night with chocolate or something one night a week from now on! I'm glad I didn't do it perfectly tonight, because now I can learn from the mistakes and correct them :)

I just want to share my gathered sources of wisdom. Keep in my mind, I sample from all of these philosophically and practically, but don't follow any of them precisely. They are:

-Skinny Bitch (lots of great stuff in that book. It completely turned me on to vegetarianism. I'm almost at 2 years, and it has been one of the best decisions of my life)
-Weight Watchers (as far as quantifying food intake, this approach has great structure from which I've modeled my own eating)
-Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (I love, love, love this show! For the simple reason that he loves, loves, loves good food. He eats the most beautiful things and never loses enthusiasm for food's ability to bring people together and to tell the stories of our lives. Marvelous stuff)
-Michael Pollan's various writings (talking about food in our culture and food's chemical impact on our bodies. Because, at the end of it all, food is chemistry, and this is essential in understanding how to make the best choices)

There are probably a couple more that I don't recall at the moment. Wondering what other people have found useful. Please share!

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Alright, I've been doing great this week so far. I only got a 30 min cardio in but I worked hard and it was better than nothing! I also went a bit over on fat and calories today (we had dinner at McDonalds) but it's not too bad.

I've been doing great on water though. I haven't really weighted myself, so I'll try and remember tomorrow morning. My husband said that I'm looking really good though. :)

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Welcome LALADY5!

10/19:
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I didn't do any exercise yesterday. I have a horrible cold and all I wanted to do last night was sleep. It seems like I feel better in the mornings and it get worse as the day goes on, so I will probably have to try and do some exercise in the morning until this cold goes away.

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Thanks! You're so kind. I had a good day yesterday, 1250 calories, 8 glasses of water. Unfortunately I'm battling an injury right now so I can't exercise, but I'm trying to keep my eating clean at least and not do the thing where I give up and mess that up too! It's really frustrating not to be able to work out but I'm trying to stay positive.

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Caloric Intake: 1450
Workout: Insanity (40) +Brisk Walk (3)= 70 minutes
Water: 8 glasses (barely made it!)

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Welcome!! :)
You can jump right in. Just post your goals and track your daily progress here!! We're here to listen and support you.

If you ever feel the need to vent, share your fears, ask any questions or even if you just need some motivation, you can always post here.

Lets get rid of these extra pounds and enjoy this journey towards a healthier 'us'! emoticon

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@TRYINGFOR20
All of us slip up every once in a while, and thats life. What matters is that you got up and decided to keep on moving in the right direction. Even I had slipped up two days back but I decided to forgive myself.
I'm human, I make mistakes, I learn from them and try not to repeat them. Every mistake is a lesson in itself. No one out there is born perfect, and I'm moving towards perfection.. just like everyone else.

And you chose the right path too. Yay you!! emoticon

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Yeah, I was good Saturday until we went to dinner at my in-laws. All there was for me was salad so I ate when I got home but it was after-dark and my brain goes completely nuts when I eat after dark so I ate and ate and ate. It was all "good for me" but I definitely went over my calories.

Sunday was even worse but I decided to let it go and give myself a free day. I am back on track now though. Yesterday I was a bit short on water but golden otherwise. Today I still need to get my 60 mins strength training in and eat a healthy dinner, and I should be good!

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Hi All,

Is it too late to join the group? I'm in the same position many of you are; I've always been small-framed, but the past few months the wheels have fallen off and now suddenly I'm finding myself with fewer and fewer clothing options.

I've never been able to lose a lot of weight before, so with no precedent I am quite easily discouraged. I'd love to have a group of people to share with help hold me accountable...

Hope everyone's having a good day,

Lalady5

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Caloric Intake: 1040. I should eat more but I overate yesterday and I'm just not hungry :(
Workout: Brisk walk (30) + Insanity (40)= 70 minutes
Water: 8 glasses

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10/18:

Caloric Intake: 1924 (too high)
Cardio: 60 min. (kickboxing)
Water: 8 cups

I am way high on my calories. I did some calculations and figured out that I really should be more in the 1200 - 1550 range, even with the activity I will be doing, so I need to work on that. I also need to work on not drinking so many calories, between my hot chocolate and my soda yesterday that was 500 calories alone (without it I would have been in my range).

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Well, I kind of slacked off this weekend. I don't have internet access at home, so I didn't track my foods. I don't think I did too bad, but I really have no idea for sure. Next weekend I will have to just write it down and keep track of it on paper fow now. I also didn't exercise all weekend. I got a produce basket this weekend that had 7 different kinds of fruits and 6 different kinds of vegetables in it, so I have all sorts of healthy foods to eat this week. I am determined to get back on track this week and stay there.

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You guys are doing so well!!! emoticon

Cardio: 40 minutes (Day 3 of Insanity) +30 (walk)= 70 minutes!!!!!! :))
Caloric Intake: 1800 (Its on a higher side but I had to eat out today!)
Water: 10 glasses

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So today is my first 100% day towards being toned for Halloween. So far, so good.

Caloric range: spot on for breakfast and lunch (dinner has yet to come) and I have to avoid night-time snacking.
Cardio: 60 mins spinning
Strength: 60 mins resistance band workout
Water: 32oz so far

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TRYINGFOR20 - I like your comment "To show my husband that you don't have to be overweight when you're older". My husband is exactly "overweight", but he thinks he is in better shape than he actually is. I'm hoping by me getting in shape it will motivate him to be a little healthier as well.

Here is my update:

Cardio: 60 min.
Caloric Intake: 1400 (I wasn't very good about tracking, so it may be off a little, I need to work on that).
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Welcome TRYINGFOR20 and PACE5303!!

Lets carry on motivating each other and sticking to the plan we have chalked up for ourselves. We'll be at our goals in no time!! emoticon

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14th Oct-

I have started off with Insanity instead of my usual cardio (Running)and I plan on sticking to this for 2 months!! Today was a fitness test and I LOVED it! If you guys want to check my progress, read my blog(s) :))

Cardio: 20 minutes
Caloric Intake: 1450
Water: 8+ glasses

15th Oct-

Cardio: 40 minutes
Caloric Intake: 1500
Water: 8+ glasses

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1. Ten reasons why I want to lose this weight:
I have bad joins and weight loss, plus muscle gain, helps dramatically.
I want to feel like I look good. I don't feel like that at 140lbs.
To lower my risk of diabetes/high blood pressure/heart disease - I had really rough pregnancies and I am at risk for all of these things.
To finally get attention for being the thin one (I've always been the pregnant one).
To look cute in all the cute clothes that I want.
To finally be done with losing weight and not thinking about that last few.
To show my kids that you don't have to be overweight when you are older.
To show my husband that you don't have to be overweight when you are older. ;)
To accomplish something for real.
I want to be a head-turner.

2. Caloric Range: 1,200-1,500. Breakfast: 300, Lunch: 400, Dinner: 600

3. Cardio: Trying for 60 mins every day.

4. Strength Training: 60 min physical therapy every day.

5. Water: Minimum of 24oz before bed and 24oz before noon.

Starting Weight: 125lbs
Goal Weight (by Oct 30th): 115lbs

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Lil.Angel - I would love to join you in this challenge. I would like to lose around 10-15 pounds (I'm not exactly sure what will end up being the best for me, so we will see when we get there). It's more about how I look and feel than how much I weigh. My goals are listed below, they are very similar to yours, just adjusted to what will work for me.

1. Reasons I want to lose the weight - I will write a blog on this.

2. My caloric range is 1500-1900. Goal is to stay within my range while eating healthy foods.

3. Cardio: 45 min. 5 days a week.

4. Strength training: 2 days a week.

5. Drink minimum of 8 glasses or water a day.

I'm excited to have some goals set to help me get where I want to be!

Starting Weight: 125 pounds
Goal Weight: 110 pounds

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10 reasons why I want to lose these last 10 lbs:

1. I still have tummy and arm flab which looks very unflattering! Maybe its my shallow side that is doing the talking, but I LOVE a thin body frame.

2. The presence of flab makes me FEEL unhealthy and unfit, which in turn ruins my mood whenever I look in the mirror. I know my self esteem should not be measured on the basis of how I look, but I won't deny that I was more self-confident, happy and cheerful when I weighed 127 lbs and was just weeks away from reaching my goal. Now- I just feel tired and grumpy.

3. I have teeny tiny t-shirts that I can't fit into now that I have piled on these extra pounds. I can't buy new stuff because all these clothes are brand new and had been bought last winter (And some of the clothes haven't even been worn ONCE!)

4. Since I have lost AND then gained weight, I'm afraid that it will turn out to be a slippery slope. You always have two options, and I want to make the right decision now.

5. I love running and I want to accentuate my level of fitness before I enroll for a marathon! :)) Its one of my goals to run a 5K!!

6. My dad and brother are currently losing weight and I want to set an example for them. I'm guessing that me gorging an pizza when I'm at home doesn't really send positive signals!! emoticon They find me inspirational and have gladly embraced a healthy lifestyle because of ME. I can't let them down!

7. I have a family history of diabetes and renal failure. I have no intention of compromising my health for the sake of a sugar rush! I'd rather have my endorphins from running than sitting on a couch and eating oodles of chocolates.

8. Being at a healthy weight made me a better person. I was happier, more compassionate, more tolerant, more outgoing, more EVERYTHING! I want to be all that again. :)

9. My friends and family seek inspiration from me. My grandmother always talks about my iron clad strength and determination. The park where I go for a run is full of people who make me stop and ask me how I lost so much of weight.
I didn't come this far to stop seconds before the goal was to be reached. I won't spend the rest of my life wondering 'What if......'. I. Just. Won't.

10. I can't let her down
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I am setting up a challenge for myself, which I plan on beginning from tomorrow itself. I'll be keeping my progress updates here (I need someone to keep me accountable) If anyone wants to jump in, you guys are welcome!!



1. Reason why I want to lose these last 10 lbs (vent out your feelings and chalk out the REAL reasons why you want to do it)

2. Define your caloric range (and stick to it!)

3. Min. 30 minutes of cardio everyday (or 45 minutes per day for 5 days)

4. Strength training- 3 days per week

5. Min. 8 glasses of water

If anyone wants to give some ideas or make some suggestions, do it!!


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Yeah, I'd love to have our own little email list of group.

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Everyone here should be proud of your success! I need a buddy, too. Since January, I've lost 25 lbs naturally and on my own. It feels great to be at a size that I believed for years was out of reach for me. But here I am, and it's real :)
In the same boat as many of you, it seems. Despite outpourings of support from friends and family, I would like to be at least 10 lbs lighter. Right now, I'm really focusing my energy on developing a sustainably healthy relationship to food and exercise so that any success I have will be for the long term. I'm taking my time. Patience is our friend!
Lozz: if you want to email, or set up a buddy thing on sparkpeople (don't know how that works), I'd be up for that! Please let me know. -Kathleen

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I am right there with all of you. My number on the scale is small but I carry my weight differently. Right now I need to lose body fat and build muscle.

I'd love to have support/do a challenge though the holidays. I'm really trying to lose the last of my weight/body fat by 2011.

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I'm right there with all of you. When I was younger I could eat whatever I wanted and do whatever I wanted and I couldn't gain weight if I tried (which made me develop some very unhealthy habits). I was always a smaller/thin girl. (I miss that girl). Then I got married and got on the depo shot for birth control and I gained around 30-35 pounds. My family all said that I looked "healthy" now, all I could think is that I am the least healthy I have ever been. I've lost a little bit of the weight over the last few years, but not as much as I would like to. I don't expect to get down to the 100 pounds I was in high school (after having two kids I'm not sure that's possible). I just want to feel comfortable with my body again. I want to be able to get dressed in the morning without worrying that what I am wearing will make me feel fat. I know I am not that big and I'm in a healthy BMI for my weight, but that's not what it's about. It's about feeling like I'm me again, being able to put on an outfit and feel like I look good in it, and just feeling comfortable in my own skin.
I do the same as you guys and do really well the first little bit, then I slack off and loose my motivation. I've been a member of SP since May or June and I've only lost about 5 pounds so far. I need to get focused again and stay determined that I am going to become the person I want to be, and I can use all the help I can get.

I would love to be buddies with you guys since it sounds like we are all in about the same kind of situation.

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I have the same problem.
I could do with losing another 10 pounds or so, but if I share my goal with anyone, they reply with the usual "Are you kidding me? You are thin!"
I WANT to be fit! I don't want to have flab that makes me uncomfortable even though it isn't that apparent to people!

Have you heard that quote "The biggest enemy of 'best' is 'good'"
People are going to tell you that it is OK to be at a weight that is 'good enough' but why should you stop if you have both the potential and option to become the best possible version of yourself.

I have spent the last couple of months listening to other people, feeling that I am 'ok' as I gorged on chocolates because losing more weight had become obsolete, as my jeans went snug, as I looked at the cute top I couldn't carry off because my curves didn't look very flattering in it.
I WANT to be thin and fit and I refuse to be apologetic about it. If someone else thinks that I'm better off at my current weight, thats their problem to deal with.
Lets lose those last 10 pounds!!

Count me in.

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Lozz,

I totally know how you feel on several of these issues. I also have a very naturally small frame. When I tell most people how fluffy and awful I feel, they act like I'm being ridiculous. However, for me, I know I have pounds to lose because I've never been this heavy... I'm just a naturally small person.

I too, am also always motivated and ready to diet and then it fizzles out, I start to feel depressed or anxious about my lack of success and just go back to my old eating habits to ward off the anxiety...

I'm so tempted by foods I know I shouldn't be eating like that glass of red wine with dinner or the quick choice on the way home... and it doesn't really help that everyone around me is telling me I look fine. It is certainly nice, but not motivating.

My wardrobe is also depressing considering I'm starting to no longer fit in the majority of the clothes I love and adore....

So far on my latest go at it (which started 3 weeks ago), I've lost 5 pounds which is AMAZING for me and very motivating.. it's the only time I've seen actual results.

I hope you have great success because it sounds like we share a lot of the same issues so if you can do it, hopefully, I can do it too!!!

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I have always been quite a slim girl. However after a good 6 months of gorging on food and pretty much anything I could grab, drive thru, pick at. I have gained 10kg!!!

It was all fun and games until the jeans didn't fit!!

Coming from a family of quite thin women I seem to be the biggest and just want to be able to stand out for all the right ones instead of the wrong for a change! I'm sick of people telling me that I'm normal and I don't need to lose weight. I am not body dysmorphic, I understand I am not obese but this is fat for me and to be comfortable in my own skin I want to lose it!!!

I tend to have heaps of motivation at the start of every diet, exercise plan etc that i start but it fizzles out and I really need someone that can hold me accountable. No offence to my beautiful boyfriend but being told that I'm beautiful no matter what just isn't going to cut it! I need someone who will be real with me and give me support when I need it. Most of all I just need someone who understands!

Anyone feel up to the challenge?

Lozz

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